Opinion

Attacks on Hickel are dirty, wrong | Letter

Over the past few weeks my wife Margery and I have received…

  • Oct 21st, 2016

Incumbent Hickel versus underdog Reeves | Inside Politics

The race between one-year Republican incumbent Rep. Teri Hickel and first-time Democratic challenger Kristine Reeves might be the most important race for the state House of Representatives this year.

  • Oct 21st, 2016

The Mirror’s endorsements for LD 30 state House

The Mirror's Editorial Board researched and interviewed candidates in a host of races important to Federal Way so it could make informed voting recommendations in important elections. Each candidate who met with the board was afforded no less than 45 minutes to talk about themselves, their positions and their goals if elected, as well as to answer a variety of questions posed by the seven-member panel.

  • Oct 18th, 2016

Federal Way police and the dumb green line | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

Q: Mr. Federal Way, the Federal Way Police Department turned 20 this week. Is that a big deal?

  • Oct 17th, 2016

Duclos: Hickel a community servant, opponent not | Letter

As a longtime member of the Federal Way City Council, I know…

  • Oct 17th, 2016

We need a change | Letter

Each year’s election seems more important than the last. The stakes are…

  • Oct 17th, 2016

Kochmar’s concern helped vet | Letter

I would like to take a minute and express my thanks to…

  • Oct 17th, 2016

Positive coverage uplifting | Letter

Thank you so much for writing such positive articles about The Mayor’s…

  • Oct 17th, 2016

Kochmar versus Pellicciotti | Inside Politics

Linda Kochmar is one of the area's most durable elected officials, having held public office in Federal Way for almost two decades as a city councilmember, mayor, and state representative who's seeking her third term the state House.

  • Oct 15th, 2016

Larson: Editorial Board missed point | Letter

Thank you for the compliments, but I wanted to take this opportunity…

  • Oct 12th, 2016

Vote ‘servant leader’ Hickel | Letter

Teri Hickel’s service has been more outstanding than ever since taking office…

  • Oct 12th, 2016

The Mirror’s recommendations on ST3, SKFR Prop. 1

Washington voters this November will be asked to weigh in on a bevy of ballot measures, including six initiatives, two advisory votes and an amendment to the state constitution.

  • Oct 11th, 2016

Clowns and politics | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

Q: Mr. Federal Way, I heard a rumor that Thomas Jefferson High School was threatened by something involving clowns but the school didn't go on lockdown. There were lockdowns at two other schools that same day though. Is this connected?

  • Oct 10th, 2016

The last month | Inside Politics

We are entering the critical last five weeks of the election cycle. In our democracy, you hold the power, through your ballot, to decide who our president will be and who will manage the affairs of our state.

  • Oct 7th, 2016

The Mirror’s endorsement for State Auditor, State Supreme Court Pos. 6

The Mirror's Editorial Board researched and interviewed candidates in a host of races important to Federal Way so it could make informed voting recommendations in important elections. Each candidate who met with the board was afforded no less than 45 minutes to talk about themselves, their positions and their goals if elected, as well as to answer a variety of questions posed by the seven-member panel.

  • Oct 4th, 2016

Lighting and baseball | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

Q: Mr. Federal Way, I've noticed Adelaide Elementary School doesn't have lights on at night around the school — I saw none at all on when I drove past it on a Saturday. Why do you think that is? Don't you think that looks like a big target that says "burglarize me?"

  • Oct 3rd, 2016

The Trump Factor | Inside Politics

Republican leaders felt this was finally the year that they could add the Governor's Office and state House of Representatives to their majority in the State Senate. A trifecta that would give them absolute control of state politics.

  • Sep 30th, 2016

The Mirror’s endorsement for U.S. Representative, Congressional District 9

The Mirror's Editorial Board researched and interviewed candidates in a host of races important to Federal Way so it could make informed voting recommendations in important elections. Each candidate who met with the board was afforded no less than 45 minutes to talk about themselves, their positions and their goals if elected, as well as to answer a variety of questions posed by the seven-member panel.

  • Sep 27th, 2016

Homeless audits and Seahawks penalties | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

Q: Mr. Federal Way, I heard Sen. Mark Miloscia wants to audit homeless programs and fine cities with "lenient" encampment policies. I thought he was running for state auditor? Since when is it ethical for lawmakers to push laws that would impact their potential future job, especially one like state auditor where you need ethics to do it well?

  • Sep 26th, 2016

Campbell on the right path | Inside Politics

As a young girl working in the cotton fields of Louisiana with her grandfather, she'd probably never heard of Federal Way.

  • Sep 23rd, 2016

Student safety a top priority for Federal Way schools | Guest column

Each day, our parents and caregivers bring their most precious possessions to our schools – their children.

  • Sep 20th, 2016

Apartment folks | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

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?

  • Sep 19th, 2016

State Senate change? | Inside Politics

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.

  • Sep 16th, 2016

Learning to lunch at Topoki Pocha | The Hand That Feeds

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.

  • Sep 13th, 2016

Republicans and sewer children | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

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?

  • Sep 12th, 2016

IRG meeting a political disaster | Inside Politics

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.

  • Sep 9th, 2016

Healing for brokenness | Diversity Column

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.

  • Sep 8th, 2016

Olympic fail | Sex in the Suburbs

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.

  • Sep 6th, 2016

Mayor memos and fish factory attention | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

Q: Mr. Federal Way, what did you think about the Mayor's Memo about the fish plant?

  • Sep 6th, 2016

State House up for grabs | Inside Politics

If you don't believe one vote matters, think again.

  • Sep 2nd, 2016

Throwing out our best photo | Editor’s Note

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.

  • Aug 30th, 2016

Olympic swimming and local swimming | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

Q: Mr. Federal Way, have any final thoughts on the Olympics? Best in show, worst?

  • Aug 29th, 2016

Equal treatment under the law | Federal Way Mayor’s memo

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.

  • Aug 29th, 2016

Weyerhaeuser’s political fallout | Inside Politics

Politics, thou art a heartless and unforgiving mistress. Mayor Jim Ferrell can attest.

  • Aug 26th, 2016

Fish plants and Seahawks | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

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.

  • Aug 22nd, 2016

Our new face is a fish warehouse? | Inside Politics

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.

  • Aug 19th, 2016

Back to school and PAEC beam-signing | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

Q: Mr. Federal Way, do you have kids? If so, are they about ready to go back to school?

  • Aug 15th, 2016

Democratic sweep looks possible | Inside Politics

The storyline for the primary election sounded familiar: When King County voters turn out, those voters will decide elections in this state.

  • Aug 12th, 2016

Why I do what I do | Column

"If you get, give. If you learn, teach." - Maya Angelou

  • Aug 10th, 2016

How Dems might question GOP candidate Bryant | Cornfield

As Republicans gathered in Cleveland two weeks ago, I imagined what GOP leaders might dish out against Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee had the subject of his re-election been on the convention menu.

  • Aug 9th, 2016