Booth Gardner passed away at the age of 76 this Friday, at his home in Tacoma Washington. To many he was just another politician but to other’s he was a Father, Husband and Statesman. Governor Gardner was born on August 21, 1936 and he would later become a graduate of the University of Washington and Harvard School of Business. Later, he became an heir to the Weyerhaeuser fortune. His parents divorced while he was very young. His mother later went on to marry Norton Clapp, one of the original owners to the Seattle Space Needle. Governor Gardner’s Mother and Sister later died in a plane crash when he was 14 years old. Booth Gardner won a seat in the Washington State Senate, where he served from 1970 to 1973. He later went on to become the very first King County Executive. Booth Gardner became the Governor of Washington from January 16, 1985 – January 13, 1993, shocking many when he did not seek a third term to governor. The 19th Governor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. He later went on to campaign for Washington State’s death with dignity law which got made into a movie. Governor Gardner will be missed.
Last year during the 2012 Election for State House of Representatives voters were introduced to a candidate by the name of Thom Macfarlane. Voters got to watch as this candidate showcased his role as a very loving, caring, and involved member of the greater Federal Way community. From donating his time in schools, to addressing tough issues such as the lack of adequate mental healthcare for our veterans and citizens alike, Thom fought the good fight.
Despite many good hearted attempts to win voters Thom Macfarlane went on to lose the State House of Representatives election in the Primary. Despite his loss the Federal Way Mirror went on to say that Macfarlane would make a good candidate for future election. In May 2013, three Federal Way city council seats will become available for election. Given Macfarlane’s past record it is my deepest belief that Mr. Macfarlane should consider running for the Federal Way City Council. In his last election he became a well known for his community contributions, his role in helping people find work, and as an overall well-rounded candidate. I am asking that Thom Macfarlane enter the race for Federal Way City Council.
On January 21,2013 millions of Americans awoke at 4:00 Am to watch the second inauguration of President Obama. As the President took the stage he highlighted everything that he and his administration would like to accomplish. Many people have been asking themselves, “does the President have the support he will need?”
In the wake of the Newton Shooting there has been renewed debates on gun control. All over the nation average citizens have been writing their Congressmen asking for gun control laws to be voted down. If one things is clear it is that the pressure is on and Americans need clear leadership on this issue. Time will tell what achievements and shortcomings will evolve from a second Obama Presidency.
Not too long ago a horrible shooting rocked the town of Newport Connecticut. On December 14. 2012, Adam Lanza Killed his mother who was a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary school. After her murder Lanza went to Sandy Hook and opened fire on several unarmed staff members and children. Police later learned that the weapons used in the shooting were a semiautomatic .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle and two pistols. I think we can all agree that the shooting was the most horrible and tragic event that we as a nation have ever witnessed. In response to the tragedy, U.S Senator Dianne Feinstein will be submitting a bill to the U.S Senate on gun control. This bill will make it illegal to own, sell, and transfer weapons of war. This is very controversial issue with strong opinions from both sides. Many believe it is time that we have gun control while others feel that the problem lies strictly with individuals. So do you think, it is time to get a gun control bill?
Brent Oesterblad, the owner of a website know as Offendex.com claims that he is protecting us from criminals. Sadly, many of those he has targeted have never committed the crime of which they are accused. Adam Daniels is currently a freelance Broadcaster. He was shocked when he learned that there were mug shots of him on the offendix site. He decided to do a search of his name and to his surprises he found a DUI charge and have had various other legal problems. After contacting the company responsible for offendix the owner of the site started sending threatening emails and put him back on the website as a sexual predator. Many people have been the target of this website. Some of them have even been asked to pay a sum of $600.00 to be taken down from the site. As of today the FBI has launched an investigation but with such wide spread cases and the company’s frequent moves it may be a long time before they conclude and release findings.
November 6 2012 — After a hard fought campaign, Linda Kochmar became Federal Way’s newly elected member to Washington’s State House of Representatives. Kochmar has a long record within her community including her 14 year service on the Federal Way city council, a stent as Mayor, and as Deputy Mayor.
At first glance, it seems that Kochmar would be a great pick for State Representative. Sadly, there are some barriers that she will need to overcome. When the Washington State House of Representatives reconvenes in January, Representative Kochmar will take her seat as a Freshman lawmaker. Her first job will be to make friends with members of her own party in order to get on a good committee and gain support to pass bills. Representative Kochmar ran as a member of the Republican party which holds the Minority in the State House. Can Representative Kochmar overcome the barriers to become a great lawmaker?