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Our choices for Federal Way City Council and School Board

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

Federal Way voters have some superb candidates for their City Council and School Board on the Aug. 6 primary ballot. The top two vote-getters in each race will advance to the Nov. 5 general election.

The City Council races are for two seats currently filled by candidates who were appointed in January and now are seeking election in their own right.

In Position 2, the appointee is Kelly Maloney, a marketing executive with good ideas for improving the city’s image and bringing in more investment. She’s pushing to lure a private four-year

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In FWay, four more victims of American gun violence

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

Sunday’s slaughter in Federal Way is not only closer to home than the shooting of Newtown, it’s closer to what gun violence in the United States typically looks like.

Five wound up dead, including the perpetrator of the four other fatal shootings.

He had no grandiose political or religious agenda. There was no blather about avenging drone attacks, federal tyranny or mistreatment of Palestinians. The Federal Way homicides appear to have started with a simple, fatal act of domestic violence: The killer shot his girlfriend. He then may have shot the three others to get rid of witnesses.

To all appearances, it was a squalid little dispute that escalated into a massacre because an enraged man had a handgun and shotgun close at hand.

Handguns – not military-style rifles – are weapons of choice for American criminals. They’re used in the overwhelming majority of fatal shootings.

Even mass-killers prefer them by a wide margin, according to a recently released study commissioned by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a firearms-control group.

Adam Lanza, James Holmes and other deranged killers may seek out the kind of weapons fetishized in video games and movies, but a Maurice Clemmons – who used a pistol to gun down four Lakewood officers in 2009 – is the more typical multiple shooter.

Domestic violence is sometimes behind mass killings, as was apparently the case in Federal Way. Girlfriends, wives – estranged or current – are the primary targets. A Kentucky man shot his wife, stepdaughter and three neighbors in 2010. The reported provocation: He didn’t like the way his wife cooked his eggs.
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Naming rights could alleviate, not solve funding shortages

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

Would you support renaming the Tacoma Narrows Bridge if it kept tolls from rising higher than they otherwise would?

What if it were renamed the Taco Bell Narrows Bridge and only kept the toll from increasing, say, by 25 cents?

It’s that kind of question that lawmakers must consider with House Bill 1050 and 1051, which would allow naming rights for public facilities and transportation infrastructure, respectively. Both are prime-sponsored by state Rep. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard; HB 1051 is co-sponsored by freshman Rep. Linda Kochmar, R-Federal Way. Read more »


School, fire district measures deserve voter support

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

When it comes to ballot measures to be decided Nov. 6, most of the attention has swirled around the controversial referendum on same-sex marriage and initiatives backing charter schools and marijuana legalization.

School and fire district measures might not grab headlines, but they’re vital to a community’s quality of life. Voters from Federal Way and Auburn to the Key Peninsula and the slopes of Mount Rainier have important issues close to home to decide. The News Tribune editorial board recommends that they approve the following measures:
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Our endorsements in 30th and 31st district House races

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

Four state House seats are up for grabs Nov. 6 in the 30th and 31st legislative districts.

The districts have geography and politics in common. Both include parts of King and Pierce counties, and both are swing districts that send Democrats and Republicans to the Legislature.

The 30th District’s population center is Federal Way in South King County and includes a small chunk of northern Pierce County. The 31st includes Auburn, Enumclaw, Edgewood, Bonney Lake, Buckley and Sumner.

Here are our endorsements:

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Letter writer was accident victim

I just read on our website that the motorist killed in Wednesday’s awful accident on Interstate 705 was identified as attorney Scott Jablon, 58, of Federal Way.

The name sounded familiar, so I checked our letters to the editor database. Jablon was a fairly regular writer, and he last had a letter in the paper July 19, supporting 30th Legislative District candidate Linda Kochmar.

Our condolences to Jablon’s family.


Our endorsements in 30th Legislative District races

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

The 30th Legislative District – which includes Federal Way in King County and a small piece of Pierce County – is a true swing district, with its two state House seats held by a Democrat and a Republican.

Voters there tend to favor centrists, rarely electing ultra-liberal Democrats or hard-right Republicans. The Aug. 7 primary gives them the opportunity to select finalists for the open Position 1 seat (Democratic incumbent Mark Miloscia is running for state auditor) and a challenger for Position 2 Republican incumbent Katrina Asay. The top two vote-getters in each race will move on to the Nov. 6 general election.

Position 1: Two Democrats and three Republicans are squaring off for the open seat. Although it’s possible that two candidates from one party could advance, it’s likelier that the Nov. 6 final will see a Democrat facing off against a Republican. Read more »


Many courts need a refresher on open records rights

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.
Location seems to be a key factor in determining whether citizens can successfully obtain public records they’re entitled to by state law.

At least that what News Tribune reporter Sean  Robinson discovered when he requested public documents regarding cases adjudicated in 22 district and municipal courts in the South Sound.
The cases were routine ones that Robinson knew should be made available under state open records law – for free. He asked for the documents as a private citizen to see how the courts’ staffs would respond.

Those responses were all over the map. Hats off to the ones that provided the requested documents in timely fashion: Pierce County District Court and municipal courts in Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Olympia, Gig Harbor, Buckley and Fife.
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