Opinion

Thoughts on the excise tax from a Federal Way City Councilman

Being elected to your Federal Way City Council has been an honor, and I never forget who I serve. I ran for election understanding I… Continue reading

  • Apr 16, 2018

Federal Way citizens should be allowed to vote on utility tax

We are concerned with the City of Federal Way’s recent new tax proposal. A historical review of Federal Way’s utility tax appears to be relevant… Continue reading

  • Apr 15, 2018

Roegner: Will compassion replace criminalization of Federal Way’s homeless?

Over the past five years, homelessness has become a significant problem regionally and here in Federal Way. Different cities have chosen different paths to follow… Continue reading

Bravo to the Federal Way Symphony

We went to the Federal Way Symphony season finale on April 7. Bravo! Maestro A. Brian Davenport, soloist Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi, the orchestra members, and the… Continue reading

  • Apr 14, 2018

Editorial: Lawsuit adds ugly twist to Federal Way utility tax

Federal Way failed to inform the public well in advance about the utility tax, and now the public will pay the price. Last month, the… Continue reading

  • Apr 14, 2018

My two cents on Roegner and his column

I feel compelled to offer my two cents regarding the Mirror’s Inside Politics author’s constant haranguing of our mayor, city council and city staff. Bob… Continue reading

  • Apr 14, 2018

Fatal flaws in I-5 ramp proposals

I am responding to Scott Chase’s letter in the April 6 edition, in which he prefers an I-5 on/off-ramp at South 312th Street over one… Continue reading

  • Apr 14, 2018

Reproductive health care options in King County

As a resident of King County for 37 years, I have worked for decades on behalf of a woman’s right to receive the full range… Continue reading

  • Apr 8, 2018

New I-5 ramp should remain at 312th Street

Back on Jan. 6, 2017, the Mirror reported, “Federal Way outlines legislative priorities for 2017,” which had another $1 million to study the new I-5… Continue reading

  • Apr 7, 2018

Roegner: Guns and taxes merge on political stage

The last month has seen the nation focus on the continuing problem of mass murders at our schools. Parkland, Florida, is the latest example. Here… Continue reading

Livingston: Will Federal Way residents accept any change?

How tall is too tall? Another way of framing the question: What is the acceptable density for construction of combined retail multifamily units and business… Continue reading

Pot houses should not be tolerated

KOMO news broke a story on March 7 of this year. The headline: “10 arrested after almost $10 million worth of illegal marijuana found in… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2018

Mass transit options part of solution to traffic congestion

Traffic. Congestion. Two words most Puget Sound commuters are familiar with these days. The latest Washington State Department of Transportation numbers show the importance of… Continue reading

Many people helped church mission

Thanks to the Mirror and especially to reporter Heidi Sanders for the excellent March 16 piece covering Marine View Presbyterian Church’s upcoming mission trip to… Continue reading

  • Apr 2, 2018

People need a dose of reality

What flavor Kool-Aid are people drinking? The mayor and council imposed a tax on Lakehaven Water and Sewer District to supplement the city budget. If… Continue reading

  • Apr 2, 2018

Tariffs hurting newspapers

Much of the talk of tariffs and trade wars has centered on the Trump administration’s decision to pursue increased taxes on some international supplies of… Continue reading

  • Apr 1, 2018

Highlighting real women

Dear Mattel and moms concerned about role models for your daughters, Thank you, Mattel, for once again making changes and additions to your line of… Continue reading

Utility tax not a sign of strong leadership

Is forcing a municipal corporation of the State of Washington Utility Company to collect a 7.75-percent tax for the citylegal? It was disappointing to see… Continue reading

  • Mar 31, 2018

The task of building a strong community

The results that come from making tough decisions with a forward-looking view can elicit praise but also scorn. During my first four years as mayor,… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2018

Council passes tax, crowd not happy

The tension was high in the City Council chambers at the March 20 meeting as the council considered Mayor Jim Ferrell’s recommendation to pass a… Continue reading