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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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
If you've never tried to pull off a debate, it's hard to appreciate the degree of difficulty involved in such a feat.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, I was at the City Council meeting on Tuesday and noticed the mayor had some comments about the Mirror. What's up with that?
Presidential candidate Donald Trump's impact on the 2016 elections has been as polarizing as any since Barry Goldwater back in the 1960s.
If you really look around, diversity is everywhere. When have you attended an event where diversity was not present?
If you're going to be freaked out about women's safety, will you please at least be freaked out about real horrors and not those based on bigotry and fear that simply are not true?
Q: Mr. Federal Way, I was looking for something to do and I stumbled across www.fwtodolist.org. It's a blog with podcasts. Think the Federal Way Mirror finally has some competition?
We have strong concerns about our Federal Way Police Department. It seems as if crime has taken over the whole area and there is not enough police to handle the simplest task, let alone the big ones. The response time is extremely long, one to two hours, which is ridiculous. My co-worker was robbed May 23 and there was a two-hour response.
It's been quite a while since I've read an article in the Mirror on the Public Academy, Federal Way school district's rose among the thorns.
Have we learned anything in the last three years?
The under-construction High Point development is going to cause all retail businesses within short walking distances, like Rite Aid and Safeway, to have difficulties unless they increase their security.
I was watching an episode of "Call the Midwife" a bit back, in which a series of sexual assaults occur.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, what's with all the youth violence and bullying problems in schools lately?
It is a Presidential year, and it could be the most unusual year in state politics in decades.
"Three murders in 48 hours."