Opinion

State of the City

State of the City

Elections are next year, and with the high profile marketing for the event, the speech always sounds more like a “please vote for me” campaign kick-off.

State of the City
Welcome to Olympia Mr. Johnson

Welcome to Olympia Mr. Johnson

Sometimes making a law isn’t pretty, and by the time everybody weighs in, that great idea may look completely different.

Welcome to Olympia Mr. Johnson
Mirror’s role in vetting Federal Way Council candidates

Mirror’s role in vetting Federal Way Council candidates

The Mirror conducted a background check on all 19 candidates who applied for the Pos. 2 vacancy.

Mirror’s role in vetting Federal Way Council candidates
19 want to join Federal Way City Council

19 want to join Federal Way City Council

The six remaining council members will decide who the new council member will be, and politics will play a role.

19 want to join Federal Way City Council
South King Fire and Rescue needs to think of public transparency

South King Fire and Rescue needs to think of public transparency

The “old boy’s club” that is our fire department doesn’t appear all that interested in having the taxpayers, who pay the bill, actually understand what is going.

South King Fire and Rescue needs to think of public transparency
Exploring Federal Way as a new frontier

Exploring Federal Way as a new frontier

Overcoming Federal Way’s general apathy toward exploring itself as a new frontier is essential for shedding the effects of being a hollowed-out corporate company town.

Exploring Federal Way as a new frontier
Short legislative session turns left

Short legislative session turns left

With a progressive agenda including comprehensive sex education, clean fuel standards and gun violence, Democrats will need to be cautious about overreach.

Short legislative session turns left
New state legislator reflects on Federal Way service

New state legislator reflects on Federal Way service

“My office and email address may have changed, but my values haven’t.”

  • Feb 4, 2020
New state legislator reflects on Federal Way service
Mayor’s style divides Federal Way community

Mayor’s style divides Federal Way community

Ferrell’s pattern of behavior is dividing the community in such a negative manner he needs to rethink his entire style if he hopes to be an effective leader.

Mayor’s style divides Federal Way community
Counting all of Federal Way’s homeless in

Counting all of Federal Way’s homeless in

Limitations of King County’s annual homeless street count could result in an undercount and ineffective solutions.

Counting all of Federal Way’s homeless in
Federal Way in 2030 or beyond

Federal Way in 2030 or beyond

Federal Way needs a community-wide shuttle bus system, interesting shops, better permitting and more.

Federal Way in 2030 or beyond
Federal Way public official awards for 2019

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.

Federal Way public official awards for 2019
Intrigue and strategy of replacing Rep. Kristine Reeves

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.

Intrigue and strategy of replacing Rep. Kristine Reeves
Honor those who went before

Honor those who went before

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

Honor those who went before
Federal Way’s flat earth thinkers

Federal Way’s flat earth thinkers

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

Federal Way’s flat earth thinkers
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

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.”

Political quotes and odd comments
Strained relationship between legislators, city of Federal Way

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.

Strained relationship between legislators, city of Federal Way
Making Federal Way safer

Making Federal Way safer

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

  • Dec 13, 2019
Making Federal Way safer
Council punts pride flag back to mayor

Council punts pride flag back to mayor

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

Council punts pride flag back to mayor