Opinion

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

Urban Natives in South King County | Guest Column

"Native people are extinct."

  • Jul 6th, 2016

Firework jerks and High Point experts | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

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.

  • Jul 5th, 2016

A call to community | Guest Column

Is it me, or does it feel like the world as we thought we knew it is dying right in front of us?

  • Jul 4th, 2016

Politics of growth | Inside Politics

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?

  • Jul 1st, 2016

Got your grill on? | Column

Summer is in the air.

  • Jun 29th, 2016

The other Mrs. Federal Way and sister-in-law cities | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

Q: Mr. Federal Way, what do you think about the Mrs. Federal Way pageant that sends a winner to the Mrs. Washington America pageant?

  • Jun 27th, 2016

It’s always been the guns | Inside Politics

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.

  • Jun 24th, 2016

June is Adult Sex Ed. Month | Sex In the Suburbs

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).

  • Jun 22nd, 2016

Graduates and birthdays | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

Q: Mr. Federal Way, my daughter graduated from high school on Saturday. What's your advice for Federal Way's 2016 graduating class?

  • Jun 20th, 2016

Role confusion in wake of murders | Inside Politics

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.

  • Jun 17th, 2016

Coalition aims to set up debates in governor, Senate races | The Petri Dish

If you've never tried to pull off a debate, it's hard to appreciate the degree of difficulty involved in such a feat.

Shooting messengers and random emergencies | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

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?

  • Jun 13th, 2016

Trump’s impact | Inside Politics

Presidential candidate Donald Trump's impact on the 2016 elections has been as polarizing as any since Barry Goldwater back in the 1960s.

  • Jun 10th, 2016

The power of diversity | Column

If you really look around, diversity is everywhere. When have you attended an event where diversity was not present?

  • Jun 8th, 2016

Will the real threats to women’s safety please stand up? | Sex in the Suburbs

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?

  • Jun 7th, 2016

Parenting and blog ‘competition’ | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

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?

  • Jun 6th, 2016

City needs more police | Letter

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.

  • Jun 4th, 2016

Thank you, Judith Magruder | Letter

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.

  • Jun 4th, 2016

Did we learn anything in 2013-2016? | Inside Politics

Have we learned anything in the last three years?

  • Jun 3rd, 2016

Apartments will bring crime | Letter

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.

  • Jun 3rd, 2016

If someone discloses assault to you | Sex in the Suburbs

I was watching an episode of "Call the Midwife" a bit back, in which a series of sexual assaults occur.

  • Jun 1st, 2016

Bullying and Mariners | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

Q: Mr. Federal Way, what's with all the youth violence and bullying problems in schools lately?

  • May 30th, 2016

Federal Way’s 2016 candidates | Inside Politics

It is a Presidential year, and it could be the most unusual year in state politics in decades.

  • May 27th, 2016

Tragedies, fear should not change who we are | Editorial

"Three murders in 48 hours."

  • May 26th, 2016