Six years ago, Brian Baird walked away from Congress, resettled in Edmonds and refocused on family.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, I noticed you didn't have an opinion on the primary election results last week. How could you miss such an opportunity to tell it like it is?
Q: Mr. Federal Way, I was surprised to see only one proposal to build a hotel by the Performing Arts and Event Center. Federal Way isn't Seattle, but it's not exactly Poulsbo either. Why aren't more investors interested?
Our region is facing a quiet storm and a human crisis that challenges how we define compassion.
Are we our brother's keeper? Do we have a responsibility to care for the weaker members of our society, the poor, the elderly and the homeless? And if so, what does that compassion look like?
April is STD Awareness Month and National Poetry Month. In honor of that, I offer the following. You're welcome.
Last month, the Sound Transit Board released a draft plan for Sound Transit 3 that attempts to address the increasing demand we've heard for fast, reliable mass transit that provides more options to more destinations – and now is the time for Federal Way residents and people across the region to weigh in on that draft.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, Starbucks recently changed their rewards program so the free drink, which used to come after 12 visits, is now earned based on the dollar amount spent at the store. Valued customers like me, who only order a drip coffee each visit, will have to wait almost three times as long to get the free drink! This doesn't seem fair. What are your thoughts?
Every year, politicians say the most incredible things. With the presidential race in full swing, "incredible" has been taken to a new level. There were also some notable local comments.
North Carolina recently enacted legislation that requires people to use public restrooms consistent with the gender on their birth certificates, and our state is considering similar bills. This both perplexes and disturbs me.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, just off of 312th is a small gray building that has been giving showers to the homeless since 2009 (over 1,200 showers were provided just last year). It's called New Hope Christian Fellowship.
When Gov. Jay Inslee allowed a bill to become law without his signature last month, many charter school advocates breathed with relief. The bill attempts to correct problems associated with funding private charter schools, and advocates thought charter schools had been saved.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, I believe Northwest Territorial Mint has stolen thousands of my dollars. I ordered silver online and was told it would be weeks before it would be shipped. Now that I know they're bankrupt and I still don't have my silver or money, I'm wondering how this Ross Hansen guy doesn't have to be enrolled in the witness protection program, because I'm p*****!
Q: Mr. Federal Way, I watched the council meeting on Tuesday and was frightened to learn there are "needles strewn throughout Federal Way." If Federal Way is so great, why should I allow my children to grow up in a place where needles could poke them at any given point?
The 2016 legislative session was never expected to accomplish earth-shaking public policy improvements.
In the 1970s, Federal Way schools were in turmoil.
Q: Seriously, Mr. Federal Way, how's your bracket looking?
High school is supposed to be a time of fun, proms and football games.