Opinion

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
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