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Cheers and jeers in Federal Way | Editorial

CHEERS to the honest individual who found a wallet on a car outside the Department of Motor Vehicles. He went inside the department, called out the owner’s name and returned the wallet to its owner with all the money and credit cards intact. May good tidings follow you throughout this holiday season.

JEERS to the Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) for their handling of the Standards Based Grading (SBG) implementation. This should have been thoroughly tested before it was implemented. The district is affecting students’ transcripts and presumably college scholarships.

This had to be fixed, so CHEERS to them for finally acknowledging this and reversing course at the Nov. 26 school board meeting. This meeting set a Dec. 10 date to establish the parameters for an averaging system that will be utilized for the remainder of the school year. The experimental Power Law standard that was used will be abolished. These changes will take effect on Dec. 13 and apply to students in grades sixth through 12th.

CHEERS to Federal Way teen Kajmere Houchins for her persistence in getting the Washington State Board of Education to include teens in the process of adopting anti-bullying policies in schools. Her extended absences from school due to her battles with cancer and the bullying that resulted provided the entire basis required to begin this process.

This is a win for the Federal Way community. Too many young people are inflicting self-damage for the devastation that bullying causes. Involving the students in the schools could help solve this problem.

JEERS to King County Metro for using scare tactics to get the voters of King County to adopt another tax on motor vehicle registration for bus service. King County has not seen a tax they don’t like, but it is imperative for county officials to get their house in order before relying on their constituents to bail them out.

Eliminating heavily used routes in suburban-poor Federal Way is not the answer. Metro should look at all routes and ridership before causing angst for Federal Wayans who absolutely require this service.

Additionally, how does instituting a motor vehicle surcharge seem fair to the drivers in King County? Asking them to pay for bus service is confusing at best. Shouldn’t bus riders then be taxed for helping offset the cost of license tabs? Here’s an idea: raise bus fares so that the rates pay for the service. Problem solved. Drivers will pay for their own car tabs and riders will pay for their bus service.

CHEERS to all of the candidates who ran for local office. There were some hard fought offices, some surprises and upsets, but all deserve credit for their work they put forth to serve the residents of Federal Way.

Some of these offices are thankless jobs, so the next time you see the following candidates, thank them for their service: Pete von Reichbauer, King County Council; Jim Ferrell and Skip Priest, Mayor’s office; Mark Koppang  and Kelly Maloney, City Council, pos. 2; Jeanne Burbidge and John Fairbanks, City Council, pos. 4; Martin Moore and Diana Noble-Gulliford, City Council, pos.6; Dave Larson and Rebecca Robertson, judicial pos. 2 and 1, respectively; Jerry Galland and William (Bill) Gates, South King Fire & Rescue, pos. 1; Marie-Anne Harkness and Don Miller, Lakehaven, pos. 2; Timothy McClain, Lakehaven, pos. 4; Ed Barney and Geoffrey McAnalloy, Federal Way School District, pos. 1 and Carol Gregory and Medgar Wells, Federal Way School District, pos. 4.

JEERS to the retailers that opened for Black Friday sales on the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day. American holidays are all about tradition. It dictates for this day that you spend it with friends and family, not braving the long lines trying to get the best deal. This is what Black Friday is for, hence the name.

It is the date that retailers begin to turn a profit and move from the “red” to the “black.” The retailers are not totally at fault for this. They do what their customer’s ask so JEERS to the individuals who demand the retailers open early.

Where does this end? Is Christmas Day next? Do we leave the kids at the base of the tree and run out to grab the same Black Friday deals at 80 percent off on Christmas night? If, as a society, we continue to head in this direction, we will need to start referring to Thanksgiving as Black Friday for a more sinister reason.

CHEERS to the Federal Way High School Eagles football team for their improbable run to the class 4A final four. This is an outstanding showing for a group that was not expected to contend for the title this year. Your hard work, determination and excellent attitudes are worthy of note.

Contact: editorialboard@federalwaymirror.com

 

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