Cheers n’ jeers: Taste of Federal Way and TikTok videos

Federal Way Mirror editorial

Cheers to the Taste of Federal Way food festival, which will showcase the city’s best local eats on Sept. 24 at the Federal Way Farmers Market. Judges will select the winners, but really, the overall winner is the Federal Way community. This event brings people together while celebrating the city’s diversity and cultures.

Cheers to the city of Federal Way for honoring Queen Elizabeth II by raising a United Kingdom flag outside of City Hall. That wasn’t so hard, was it? Just have the mayor say, “let’s fly this flag,” then it’s done. On that note, we are still waiting for an outraged citizen or two to complain about the lack of other flags at City Hall.

Jeers to the unknown arsonist who destroyed a shuttle van at Christ’s Church in Federal Way. Seriously, who sets a church van on fire?

Cheers to the Federal Way National Little League’s recent successful Hit-A-Thon fundraiser that raised about $40,000. Also, cheers to the league for offering scholarships so that any kids who want to play baseball can join in the fun.

Jeers to election deniers.

Cheers to the potential market-rate townhouse development that could replace the old Bally’s Total Fitness, which has been vacant since closing in 2011. Some residents who live next to the site (32818 1st Ave. S.) are against the proposed development. But really, isn’t this the kind of housing you’d want in your neighborhood?

Cheers to the return of football season and the return of “Friday night lights” for Federal Way’s local football teams. Also, cheers to Seahawks fans who support their team no matter how this season unfolds.

Jeers to the recent viral TikTok video involving Federal Way Police Officer Breanna Straus, who recorded herself giving an expletive-filled rant while in uniform about pulling over slow drivers. She ended up getting a one-day suspension. Obviously it’s not a good look for the Federal Way Police Department. But the real “jeers” should be directed at the officer because this is 2022, and when it comes to videos and the Internet, you should know better.

Cheers to the much-anticipated construction project at the State Route 18 and Interstate 90 interchange. Construction is expected to begin in November. While there may be temporary headaches for drivers, the project will ultimately reduce congestion and improve safety on one of the state’s most dangerous highways.

— By Andy Hobbs, Editor, Federal Way Mirror