Opinion

Federal Way public official awards for 2019

The “It’s the Right Thing To Do” Award goes to Mayor Ferrell as he agreed to fly the pride flag.

 

Intrigue and strategy of replacing Rep. Kristine Reeves

Although the new appointee for the vacant 30th District seat must be a Democrat, the alignment opens the door for political mischief.

 

Honor those who went before

These officials and many others served with distinction even on the occasions when you disagreed with them.

 

Federal Way’s flat earth thinkers

‘Save the Campus’ and Initiative 19-001 poverty crusaders don’t have a clear understanding of their impact.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Despite ruling on Public Records Act, we need to keep a close eye on Olympia

Washington Supreme Court upholds that state legislators are subject to the Public Records Act.

  • Jan 2, 2020
Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Political quotes and odd comments

Ferrell’s tendency for hyperbole got the better of him as he quoted President Ronald Reagan at the Berlin Wall with “tear down this wall.”

Strained relationship between legislators, city of Federal Way

Legislators were seeking information and accountability from City Hall and did not appear happy with some city answers.

Making Federal Way safer

We are deploying extra holiday patrols at various business areas throughout the city.

  • Dec 13, 2019

Council punts pride flag back to mayor

It’s rare when a public official gets a second chance to do “the right thing.”

Possible vacant Federal Way City Council seat in 2020

Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell is endorsing Jesse Johnson because it will look good to Democrats.

’Twas the time before Christmas in Federal Way

“For us to regain prosperity … an improved retail sector would be nice, and we must keep traffic moving and crime heading toward Fife.”

Mind over miles: Thoughts from the Seattle Half Marathon

Mirror reporter runs the 13.1-mile race in 2:01:40.

Pride flag resolution, inclusion or politics?

The Federal Way mayor has control of all city facilities and could have used his authority to join other cities and direct the flag be flown.

Businesses identify permitting as challenge to grow business in Federal Way

Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce CEO says business retention is a top priority.

What will elections mean to Federal Way mayor-council alignment?

Election revealed some relationships that will provide clues to new potential voting blocks.

Uneven turnout despite issues

In the short-term, the big news was the defeat of the advisory vote to allow pot stores in the city limits.

Elections aren’t done, but candidates thinking ahead

Planning for 2020 state races has been going on for months, as has the maneuvering for the next city and county races in 2021.

Swan song: Sex in the Suburbs signs off

Whether you are saddened by this news or jumping for joy, I’ll still be around, doing what I do.

Will council candidates honor the 2006 utility tax levy to fund enhanced police force?

Federal Way now has a police officer ratio that is far below the Washington state average of 1.44.

Turnout key in off-year election

Here are the likely local winners of this November’s election.