The races with the biggest impact on the future of our state may not be for governor, superintendent of public instruction or the Legislature. The educational future of our state's children will be in the hands of next year's state Supreme Court.
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?
It's hard to watch someone, or something, you love go through a rough patch.
I recently returned from a five-week road trip with Captain Commando, aka Vic Magruder.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, why did the Federal Way Police Department comment on the police shootings in Dallas but not on the shootings of innocent black men in the past? Federal Way's diverse – shouldn't they also acknowledge national issues like racial profiling and police brutality?
We live here for a reason. Not in Dallas, Orlando or Chicago.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, you haven't really said anything about the presidential race. What gives? You have an opinion on everything else, but not the biggest issue of the year?
I receive a lot of questions, and I like to share and answer them every so often since others may have similar questions. Here are a few:
Dear Federal Way straight, white, cisgender people:
"Native people are extinct."
Q: Mr. Federal Way, one of our neighbors is a fireworks enthusiast. And although many of us have spoken to him, explaining that fireworks are illegal in Federal Way and that his use of fireworks puts all of us at risk due to closeness to our many trees, he ignores us and continues to let off bottle rockets, small fireworks at the tree level, and very large fountains where sparks often touch the tree branches.
Is it me, or does it feel like the world as we thought we knew it is dying right in front of us?
The three recent murders in Federal Way have reignited a dormant political argument by shifting the discussion away from public safety to growth. How much should the region grow and how should Federal Way leaders respond to the pressures of that growth?
Summer is in the air.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, what do you think about the Mrs. Federal Way pageant that sends a winner to the Mrs. Washington America pageant?
In 2013, our comfort zone was shattered by the Pinewood Village massacre that left five people, including the murderer, dead – and it happened in Federal Way, Washington, not some faraway place with a distance that suggests safety.
Three murders over three days resulted in about 400 citizens packing City Hall a few weeks ago to vent their frustrations and fears at Mayor Jim Ferrell and the City Council.
June is Adult Sex Ed. Month, and before you roll your eyes, I assure you that this is not the latest toy review article (if that's your thing, though, you might enjoy www.kinkly.com/topic/6/sex-toys).
Q: Mr. Federal Way, my daughter graduated from high school on Saturday. What's your advice for Federal Way's 2016 graduating class?
If you've never tried to pull off a debate, it's hard to appreciate the degree of difficulty involved in such a feat.