Opinion

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

Race is a made-up concept | Column

The Federal Way Mirror's Diversity Section has been a great addition to the newspaper and a great motivator for learning and researching the challenges that are faced as communities grow in diversity across the country.

  • Aug 8th, 2016

Superintendent and August primary | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

Q: Mr. Federal Way, keeping with your recent comments supporting the idea that "important politics are local," including school districts, what is your opinion of the large number of senior employee turnovers in the Federal Way school district? Has the school board hired another superintendent by mistake?

  • Aug 8th, 2016

What can the Violence Prevention Coalition accomplish? | Inside Politics

Federal Way was racked with several shootings earlier this year, the first in February. However, at a neighborhood meeting at Sacajawea Middle School, some city leaders felt community concerns were overstated and presented a picture of relative safety. It wasn't until May, after three more shootings followed in a 48-hour period, that residents, feeling a shared kinship with other parts of the country, demanded action. Some citizen suggestions were unrealistic or impractical, but such was the level of fear within the community.

  • Aug 8th, 2016

Should he stay or should he go? | Cornfield

Taking a cue from the Grand Old Party's four-day fete in Cleveland, consider the case Republican leaders in this state might make against Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee if given a convention pulpit from which to prosecute.

  • Aug 2nd, 2016

Pokemon and NFL name threats | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

Q: Mr. Federal Way, Pokemon Go is quite the craze. Do you play? If so, do you know any good PokeStops in Federal Way and do you think the game is as dangerous as people say it is?

  • Aug 1st, 2016

Primary predictions | Inside Politics

With several incumbents choosing to retire or run for a different office, the Aug. 2 primary ballot is crowded with new candidates for statewide office.

  • Jul 29th, 2016

Stigma, sexuality and health | Sex in the Suburbs

I posted on Facebook recently that I had scheduled my annual mammogram, and I asked what others with breasts were doing to care for them – unfortunately, there's still a lot of avoidance of this health care practice, and it costs lives. Anything I can do to encourage folks to go get screened is important to me.

  • Jul 26th, 2016

Road construction conspiracies | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

Q: Mr. Federal Way, it seems like all the roads in Federal Way are under construction right now. It's dumb, because traffic's already bad. Are they even accomplishing anything?

  • Jul 25th, 2016

Education tops supreme court races | Inside Politics

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.

  • Jul 22nd, 2016

“I’m not giving up on you Fed” | Column

It's hard to watch someone, or something, you love go through a rough patch.

  • Jul 20th, 2016

Captain Commando and careening ‘round Federal Way | People and Places

I recently returned from a five-week road trip with Captain Commando, aka Vic Magruder.

  • Jul 20th, 2016

Police PR and picnic prattle | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

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?

  • Jul 18th, 2016

Accomplishments, but also inclusion | Inside Politics

We live here for a reason. Not in Dallas, Orlando or Chicago.

  • Jul 15th, 2016

Presidential apathy and sports availability | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

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?

  • Jul 11th, 2016

Questions and answers | Inside Politics

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:

  • Jul 9th, 2016

Dear Federal Way straight, white, cisgender people | Sex in the Suburbs

Dear Federal Way straight, white, cisgender people:

  • Jul 7th, 2016