As a young girl working in the cotton fields of Louisiana with her grandfather, she'd probably never heard of Federal Way.
Each day, our parents and caregivers bring their most precious possessions to our schools – their children.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, I'm not the only person in Federal Way that's upset with all the new multi-family construction. The city's poor planning makes it madness. What is the city going to do to stop this?
Republicans control the state Senate with a 26-23 margin, and they have long believed that 2016 was the year for them to take control of the state House of Representatives and the governor's office.
The words "what just happened?" are clanging around in my head as I lean against my car in that sunny parking lot, trying to wrangle the right words to describe the meal I'd just had.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, I'm surprised you didn't respond to the letters calling out your snide comments. I mean, usually you take to that feedback like a moth to a flame. Is this the beginning of a Mr. Federal Way who takes the high road or were you just waiting for someone to ask about it?
Last week, citizens were invited to provide comment to Mayor Jim Ferrell and City Council members in a study session on the proposed use of the former Weyerhaeuser property for an Orca Bay Seafoods fish processing warehouse. More than 300 residents attended to share their earnest, passionate belief that this was the wrong business in the wrong place.
I can't believe it, but after I wrote my last column, "A Call to Community," I myself was challenged in that call: My car was broken into.
Ryan Lochte's emotional interview with Matt Lauer shows a man struggling to come to terms with what it means to, well, be a man.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, what did you think about the Mayor's Memo about the fish plant?
If you don't believe one vote matters, think again.
Longtime area residents have spent the past week or so explaining to me why the structure that once housed Weyerhaeuser's corporate headquarters is so important to this city.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, have any final thoughts on the Olympics? Best in show, worst?
We live in a great community, and I am always positive and enthusiastic about Federal Way's history and potential. Sometimes that enthusiasm may get the best of me, which was the case a few days ago when I made the statement calling the proposed developments on the Industrial Realty Group property (the former Weyerhaeuser property) a positive development for our community. I was speaking in terms of job growth and investment in Federal Way.
Politics, thou art a heartless and unforgiving mistress. Mayor Jim Ferrell can attest.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, I live not far from the former Weyerhaeuser campus and am opposed to the seafood processing plant on 19 acres of that property. I have a neighbor, not far from me, who's also expressed their thoughts with a sign in their yard that says "NO SEAFOOD PLANT." But I want your thoughts on this, and I'm wondering if there are other locals that feel the way my neighbor and I do.
The Weyerhaeuser property has been the face of Federal Way for decades; a regional image that many cities envied. A place that lived its legend and embodied the best in Northwest culture. It proved business, jobs and the environment could live as one.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, do you have kids? If so, are they about ready to go back to school?
The storyline for the primary election sounded familiar: When King County voters turn out, those voters will decide elections in this state.
"If you get, give. If you learn, teach." - Maya Angelou