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Letter to the Editor: Time to enforce speed limits on Mukilteo Speedway

Editor’s note: This letter was written in response to the Jan. 20 story on ferry traffic, “Traffic issues arise around new ferry terminal.” Well-written article ( ), but what it neglects to mention is... — Updated 1/25/2021

 By Beacon Staff    Opinion 

Letter to the editor: School superintendents request staff move up on state's vaccination plan

Editor’s note: Mukilteo School District Superintendent Alison Brynelson, Edmonds School District Superintendent Gustavo Balderas and Everett School District Superintendent Ian... — Updated 1/22/2021


Editorial cartoon for week of Jan. 20

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Letter to the Editor: Washington State Ferries, city should address new ferry terminal issues

I was really frustrated, but after reading Charlie Pancerzewski’s Jan. 13 letter to the editor ( ), now I’m really angry as well! I was not aware the new ferry terminal cost $187,000,000! As a senior... — Updated 1/20/2021

 By Gordy Arlin    Opinion 

If I knew for sure that I would die next month, Part 9 of 9 – Conclusion | Worship

Editor’s Note: See parts 1-9 at They were published on Aug. 15, 2018, Jan. 9, 2019, May 29, Aug. 7, Nov. 6, Jan. 22, 2020, Sept. 9 and Nov. 11. Hello friends!... — Updated 1/20/2021


Letter to the Editor: Elevators not working at new ferry terminal

I visited the new ferry terminal and was surprised that the walk-on foot traffic had to go up to the second level and then down again to the first level to board. However, all of the elevators were closed and were not available... — Updated 1/20/2021

 By Joanne Mulloy    Opinion 

History of Lighthouse Park

The area now known as Mukilteo Lighthouse Park has a long history. Native Americans used the land for thousands of years and local tribes held inter-tribal conferences in this... — Updated 1/20/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion 

Seeking relief from the same old thing | Chuck's World

Apparently I want comfort so badly I’m willing to crawl inside a cliché and pull the covers up, which is to say I started watching “The West Wing” the other night. “TWW... — Updated 1/20/2021

 By Michael Gold    Opinion 

Being an undergraduate college student | Off Kilter

For those of you who attended college, what you are about to read should be somewhat familiar. For those who didn’t attend college (and I mean sleep away college, not a local... — Updated 1/20/2021


City accomplished a lot during trying times | Mayor's Message

The first three weeks of 2021 have already felt quite long, but this is my first chance to share some thoughts on the year we just survived! As we look back at 2020, there are many... — Updated 1/20/2021


Editorial cartoon for week of Jan. 13

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Wise men found hope for the world in a small child | Worship

A week ago on Jan. 6, Christians celebrated Epiphany. Epiphany is also known in Mexico as Día de los Reyes (Three Kings' Day). This holiday represents the day the Wise Men or Magi... — Updated 1/13/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Big questions sometimes come from small people | Chuck's World

My grandson has been calling me spontaneously lately, something new. We talk once a day regularly, but he doesn’t just call me out of the blue. Although a grandpa can wish. But... — Updated 1/13/2021


Letter to the Editor: Mount Baker railroad crossing should remain open in both directions

Mukilteo City Council meeting, Jan. 4, 2021: Potential options for First Street, Mount Baker railroad crossing, and Mukilteo Lane problems – Presentation by Andrea Swisstack, Director of Public Works, and discussion. Summary of... — Updated 1/13/2021


Letter to the Editor: New ferry terminal – What do we get for $187,000,000?

As a 51-year resident in downtown Mukilteo the Beacon asked what I saw from spending $187,000,000 for a new ferry terminal. The same two ferries will leave every half hour and continue to transport the same number of vehicles.... — Updated 1/13/2021

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

There's no business like show business | Off Kilter

Today I’d like to give you a brief glimpse into the world of show business. Let me start by saying there are few places or experiences on earth that have the peaks and valleys of... — Updated 1/13/2021

 By Strom Peterson    Opinion

'This was an insurrection fueled by a desperate man' | Guest View

Editor's note: Rep. Strom Peterson (D-Edmonds) is in his third term in the state Legislature. Confederate flags were carried through the halls of Congress this week – not even... — Updated 1/8/2021


Editorial cartoon for week of Jan. 6

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Letter to the Editor: Use our voices to push for equity for all

Chuck Sigars’ thoughtful year-ending piece, honoring those who passed in this difficult year, especially those who made us laugh, can give us each pause to reflect. ( ) is a good way to end the old... — Updated 1/6/2021


Letter to the Editor: Restaurants are not the cause of increased COVID-19 cases

I own and operate three restaurants in Washington state, two in Snohomish County. The ongoing shutdowns of indoor restaurant dining has had a devastating effect on our businesses and our employees. Large stores retail stores... — Updated 1/6/2021

 By Mark Smith    Opinion

Seize the Day! | Worship

The turning of the calendar at New Year’s makes one more keenly aware of the passage of time. It is a sobering and yet helpful reminder – because we don’t always think about... — Updated 1/6/2021

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

What don't we know | Off-Kilter

I’ll just tip my hand in advance. I don’t trust the Chinese Communist Party. In my opinion, the massive disinformation campaign by the CCP is just barely getting under way.... — Updated 1/6/2021

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

What's wrong with this picture? | Chuck's World

The crazy is so strong right now – I don’t really want to add to it. I become frustrated, annoyed, irritated, and angry just like any other person, but I’d like to avoid... — Updated 1/6/2021

 By Cathy Johnson    Opinion

Encouraging COVID-19 caution

I have been a nurse for many years. All of my experience has been in the hospital environment, and I love my work. I was at the bedside when the HIV/AIDS epidemic started in the... — Updated 1/6/2021


Letter to the editor: Keep First Street closed and Mount Baker railroad crossing open

First Street, Baker Railroad crossing and Mukilteo Lane problems - The Mukilteo City Council is slated to discuss these problems again Jan. 4, 2021. There seems to be a push to close the Baker RR crossing prematurely. This is ill a... — Updated 1/3/2021


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