Decatur student an inspiration to all | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

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Q: Mr. Federal Way, I was glad to see that the Federal Way City Council released the information about the potential candidates for Jim Ferrell’s open seat. What is your take?

A: The power of the media is a great thing and the citizens of Federal Way are very lucky to have the Mirror as a watch dog in the community (as Mr. Federal Way pats himself on the back).

Two weeks ago, the Mirror published a story announcing that 20 candidates had applied to fill the seat that Jim Ferrell vacated when he became mayor in January.

Since then, the Mirror received several responses from citizens wanting to know more about the candidates who would be representing them on the City Council. The problem was, the Mirror couldn’t give that information to the people of Federal Way.

When the newspaper asked that the applications of the prospective City Council candidates be divulged to the public, the city basically said, “No.”

But, after some by the Mirror, most notably editor Carrie Rodriguez, the city held a special City Council meeting Monday night. The Council unanimously voted to release the application materials for the vacant Council position to the public.

You’re welcome, Federal Way, and kudos to the Federal Way City Council for doing the right thing.

Next up, the Council will choose from the candidates for the empty seat that Ferrell vacated when he became mayor in January. They will interview the candidates and make the appointment during a public meeting that will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 1 at City Hall.

Q: I was able to attend the graduation at Decatur High School last week for Dom Cooks, the Decatur kid with brain cancer. How does he stay so positive? He is quite the kid.

A: Mr. Federal Way honestly has no idea how Dom remains so positive.

Mr. Federal Way also had the pleasure of attending the ceremony and was also amazed at the infectious attitude that Dom displayed.

It was truly an inspiration.

Decatur organized the commencement ceremony after Dom was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in the spring of 2012. Cooks, who was given three to six months to live earlier in the fall, also recently went to the doctor and was told that the tumor has spread throughout his brain.

Despite the dire diagnosis, Cooks’s infectious attitude has become a staple throughout the halls during his time at Decatur.

He still attempts to make the morning announcements every day, which include some type of inspirational message. He was also appointed as an Associated Student Body (ASB) officer by the Decatur students and was named the Homecoming King in the fall.

“The fact that you are ill is the least important thing to know about you,” said teacher Genie Storvick, who got emotional several times during her speech. “Your illness does not define you. I am more than grateful that you have been my student.”

But, whenever Storvik or one of the numerous speakers started to get emotional when talking about Dom, there would be a yell from a wheelchair in the front row of the gym, lightening the mood. Dom wasn’t going to let anybody feel sorry for him.

It’s a quality that Mr. Federal Way doesn’t know that Mr. Federal Way could display faced with the dire diagnosis that Dom faces. And it’s a quality that makes Dom an amazing example of strength and toughness.

“I’ve learned to not take anything for granted,” Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin said at the ceremony. “Don’t feel sorry for him, cause God’s got him.”

Well said, Mr. Baldwin. Dom, you are truly an inspiration and keep fighting the fight.

Q: Mr. Federal Way, I know this question is a little late, but why don’t people around the Pacific Northwest know how to drive in the snow? If there is a flake of snow on the ground, everybody acts like the world is coming to an end. Very frustrating?

A: The answer is easy. It only snows here once a year. Mr. Federal Way is one of those people who doesn’t know how to drive in the snow. And Mr. Federal Way makes no apologies about it. Mr. Federal Way hates driving in the snow.

Like with anything in life, practice makes perfect and if you don’t practice something, you aren’t going to be very good at it.

Just generalizing here, but if Mr. Federal Way had to make a guess, you, most likely, drive a lifted, four-wheel drive truck? As if you guys already didn’t think you owned the road, the snow brings out the Dale Earnhardt in you guys.

Mr. Federal Way loves when these dudes roll up right on Mr. Federal Way’s butt, making Mr. Federal Way even more nervous than Mr. Federal Way already is. This isn’t the Daytona Superspeedway.

Good job, buddy. Your lifted truck is awesome.

Q: Mr. Federal Way, what’s your opinion on Amanda Knox’s murder conviction being reinstated recently by an Italian appeals court.

A: None of your business.

Send your questions to Mr. Federal Way at mrfederalway@federalwaymirror.com.


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