Chuck Parrish

City must reconsider term limits

Let’s talk about term limits in Tukwila. Some people believe that term limits are not needed. They say “Let the voters decide.” Fair enough for… Continue reading


Discovering the truth behind federal tax cuts

Reporter columnist Chuck Parrish dives into the facts surrounding GOP tax cuts.


Residents should take interest, get involved in city issues

Chuck Parrish discusses the need for increased communication between consitiuents and Tukwila.


City improves roadways to keep vehicles, pedestrian safe| CHUCK PARRISH

Have you noticed the speed bumps on South 160th Street east of 42nd Avenue South? The Public Works department calls them speed cushions. They are… Continue reading

Business, development opportunities abound in Tukwila | CHUCK PARRISH

Good things are coming to the business sector of Tukwila. Here are some possibilities to look forward to and to ponder. The pedestrian and bicycle… Continue reading

Examine the tactics of political campaigns | Chuck Parrish

More inside politics. Last month, I wrote about the plethora of complaints and suits generated by Republican party advocates against Democratic party candidates and districts.… Continue reading

Partisan politics, money at play, even in local races | Chuck Parrish

Let’s talk “inside” politics for a moment. The Democratic and Republican parties play to win. Nationally, if we look at the number of governorships and… Continue reading

Changing of the mayoral guard will bring change | CHUCK PARRISH

Allan Ekberg will need some time to get up to speed. Having had considerable experience with Tukwila government, this should go pretty smoothly.

Racial progress comes when people work together | Chuck Parrish

The last couple of years has revealed the manner in which some police departments have treated black individuals in stressful confrontational encounters.

When to run for the hills when politicians speak | Chuck Parrish

If we hear single-issue messages or vague appealing principles, then we are being asked to join their side and don’t worry about the details.

Balanced approach is best approach | Chuck Parrish

Most of us have sufficient life experience to know what makes sense. For example, we know that the president is the chief executive and yet he or she cannot do everything that he or she promises. The president depends on the cooperation of Congress to implement domestic policies. This does not always happen and, lately, rarely happens.

Now is the time in Tukwila to let your voice be heard about casinos | Chuck Parrish

In February, the Tukwila City Council, in a 4-3 vote, voluntarily cut the revenues to your city by over $50,000 a week and will be putting almost 450 employees out of work. They do this by closing the three commercial card rooms operating on Interurban Avenue.

Prudent budget policies brought city through the Recession | Chuck Parrish

The General Fund ongoing revenue numbers reflect the most predictable regular streams of revenue upon which the most predictable regular expenses are budgeted.

A high bar for Waste Management customer service | Chuck Parrish

The bar is high for Waste Management. Customer service in the form of timely response to phone calls and timely resolution of problems is critical to how Waste Management is perceived in the community. WM is well positioned to provide good customer service.

Think now about your end-of-life choices | Chuck Parrish

I have spoken with my doctor and, when referrals are needed, I seek out those who will take care of me and support my end-of-life choices. How about you?

Who are you going to call? The police, of course | Chuck Parrish

Why have a law if it is not going to be enforced? It’s a common question. After July 4, one usually hears about illegal fireworks. Other times, it is illegal parking, exceeding the speed limit, talking on cell phones. The list is long.

Tukwila’s parks offer us a respite | Chuck Parrish

We have 29 parks, trails and playfields, including a couple of cooperative efforts with other communities. Many are what I think of as respite stops. Little spots here and there where one can get away for a break from routine. About 10 parks have substantial amenities. These often require reservations so check the reservations column.

Two road projects in Tukwila to watch closely | Chuck Parrish

These are long-term projects. Residents must be patient. Who will pay the bill? Will BNSF choose to participate and to what degree? Are there any reasonable prospects for grants? When preparation meets opportunity, good things can happen. We shall see.

Who will step up to increase the minimum wage? | Chuck Parrish

During the mayoral campaign, CM Quinn said that, as mayor, he would propose legislation to increase the minimum wage. Perhaps Quinn is willing to do it as a council member. If not, how about our other council members or our mayor? If not, why not?

Global to Local making a difference daily | Chuck Parrish

If there is a sustainable way to improve health-care outcomes at low cost for our under-served neighbors, Global to Local is likely to be there. Gender-based swims at Tukwila Pool, exercise classes, cooking and shopping classes, health screenings and referrals, all of these constitute a holistic approach.