Opinion

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
Possible vacant Federal Way City Council seat in 2020

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.

Possible vacant Federal Way City Council seat in 2020
’Twas the time before Christmas in Federal Way

’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.”

’Twas the time before Christmas in Federal Way
Mind over miles: Thoughts from the Seattle Half Marathon

Mind over miles: Thoughts from the Seattle Half Marathon

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

Mind over miles: Thoughts from the Seattle Half Marathon
Pride flag resolution, inclusion or politics?

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.

Pride flag resolution, inclusion or politics?
Businesses identify permitting as challenge to grow business in Federal Way

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.

Businesses identify permitting as challenge to grow business in Federal Way
What will elections mean to Federal Way mayor-council alignment?

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

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

What will elections mean to Federal Way mayor-council alignment?
Uneven turnout despite issues

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.

Uneven turnout despite issues
Elections aren’t done, but candidates thinking ahead

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.

Elections aren’t done, but candidates thinking ahead
Swan song: Sex in the Suburbs signs off

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.

Swan song: Sex in the Suburbs signs off
Will council candidates honor the 2006 utility tax levy to fund enhanced police force?

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.

Will council candidates honor the 2006 utility tax levy to fund enhanced police force?
Turnout key in off-year election

Turnout key in off-year election

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

Turnout key in off-year election
Expediting projects to move city out of status quo slump

Expediting projects to move city out of status quo slump

Weyerhaeuser has been gone for four years and new development is necessary. However, we may have become an impediment to accepting our potential.

Expediting projects to move city out of status quo slump
Vote yes on Initiative 19-001 for Stable Homes

Vote yes on Initiative 19-001 for Stable Homes

As a teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School or the past 25 years, I know the importance of stable housing for our children’s education.

  • Oct 26, 2019
Vote yes on Initiative 19-001 for Stable Homes
Initiative 19-001 will make city less safe, less affordable

Initiative 19-001 will make city less safe, less affordable

Initiative takes our community in the wrong direction by jeopardizing safety, driving up rent costs.

  • Oct 26, 2019
Initiative 19-001 will make city less safe, less affordable
In support of regulated cannabis in Federal Way

In support of regulated cannabis in Federal Way

I trust that allowing a legal substance that is well regulated can be appropriately integrated into the fabric of our community.

  • Oct 25, 2019
In support of regulated cannabis in Federal Way