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Canceling our subscription to sleaze l Chuck's World

I run a small business, and I need widgets. You’re the owner of a widget factory. I’m me. You’re Bob. Hi Bob! My customers have become accustomed to quality service and products. They expect...

 

Greetings from Tokyo l Travel Sketcher

I am in Tokyo this week. This is Akaji Shrine. I sketched this while sipping tea in the cafe. Wherever you may be this week, take a moment to sip some tea and savor the moment. Next sketch will be...

 

Mukilteo's foghorn l Muk Revisited

Mukilteo's foghorn has a storied past. The lobby area where you now enter our historic lighthouse was once a fog signal building that was full of machinery needed to operate a large foghorn. Our light...

 

That's all, folks l Editor's Note

I’m usually pretty certain when I write. I rarely get “writer’s block,” and when I get going, it’s hard to stop. I don’t really find myself doing rewrites or drastic changes to stories or...

 

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 6, 2019

Zieve’s wife weighs in I have a suggestion for Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce and anyone involved with our local political debates. How about supplying the candidates with debate questions before the debate? I feel it would benefit everyone – the...

 

If I knew for sure that I would die next month, part 5 l Worship

Editor's Note: See parts 1-4 of "If I knew for sure..." at mukilteobeacon.com. They were published Aug. 15, 2018, Jan. 9, May 29, and Aug. 7, respectively. Hello friends! For part 5, a pause in all of my theorizing for some meat and potatoes Word. I...

 

Watching for the scary part l Chuck's World

I should just take the week off. I don’t know anything about Halloween. Apparently I was sick the day they explained it. I understand the basics. I remember some fun Halloweens as a kid, going trick...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    October 30, 2019

Starbucks: Who needs them, and other 'status symbols' l Off Kilter

OK, I’m prepared to get hammered by you Starbucks devotees. It’s the price of being counter cyclical. Why do I say “who needs them?” Here’s why: I get the Seattle grunge movement. You only...

 

Honesty, integrity, and transparency l Council Corner

As a public servant and community member, I promote and expect honesty, integrity, and transparency. Sadly, that was not displayed at the candidate forum last week when it was discovered that a candidate received questions ahead of time and brought...

 

Park and ride: What happened? l Guest View

In the first two parts of our Mukilteo waterfront/Old Town parking discussion, we discussed where we are today, how we got there, and what we might expect in the future. This week, we’ll finish up with a detailed discussion of the rise and fall of...

 

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 30

Forum fallout speaks volumes In reading Brandon Gustafson's article about the candidate forum held at Rosehill Community Center on Oct. 23, I am astounded at the finger pointing by both candidate Peter Zieve and Lynnwood Times Publisher Mario Lotmore...

 
 By Don Saul    Opinion    October 23, 2019

Fearlessness and faith go hand-in-hand l Worship

I play trumpet in the Mukilteo Community Orchestra. We’re a good orchestra, and our conductor really brings out our best. When I say best, I mean best assuming we practice, which we do. I’d say I practice more now than I ever did in high school....

 

Living with ourselves when truth gets tricky l Chuck's World

It was a special day in my family when the diaries arrived. At some point in the 1970s, we were sent little journals from Nielsen Media Research to manually record what we watched on TV. For one...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    October 23, 2019

Colors l Off Kilter

Most of us are not aware of how deeply ingrained in our daily lives and society colors are. For example, have you ever been “green with envy?” I’m not certain, but I think envy may be one of...

 

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 23

Lord gives election recommendations It’s near the end of October, with the general election right around the corner. Once again, I wanted to weigh in on my recommendations for the local races affecting the citizens of Mukilteo. After 24 years of...

 

The virtues of living virtually l Chuck's World

For someone whose summers are typically low-key seasons, this past one was an anomaly in the sense that I lost it. I spent about a month traveling this summer, making several trips, and I’m...

 

Things that make me laugh l Off Kilter

It is said that laughter is one of the best things a human can do. It seems to be good for the human heart. So laughter is truly the best medicine, at least I think so. So what amuses this East Coast transplant? Number one on my list is slapstick....

 

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 16, 2019

Vote for Elisabeth Crawford I’m voting for Elisabeth Crawford for City Council Position 6 because she possesses the intelligence, ideals and vision to represent the future of Mukilteo. Elisabeth and her husband Paul have lived in our community for...

 

Out with the old, in with the new l Travel Sketcher

The new Mukilteo Ferry Terminal is rising. The old, current terminal is in the distance. The waterfront will change, that is for sure. I hear many opinions, but I do hope that in the end it is a place we can be proud of. Either way, there will...

 

We all long for community, safety, and belonging l Worship

“When my great grandfather and great grandmother arrived in America from Sweden, they were just 18 years old. With no other choice, they left their home country with a small suitcase and a dream.” At a speaking event I recently led, a member of...

 

You too can fight domestic violence l Publisher's Desk

Kim Goldman had brought extensive notes for a prepared speech she was going to give at the Hope Within Luncheon, a fundraiser for Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County that’s held annually during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. But...

 

Organizing your records l Insightful Investing

Staying organized and paying attention to details can make you money. I have written on this subject before. This column is going to deal with organizing your financial records. It takes a certain amount of time and effort to get and stay organized....

 

'The Internet of Things'

OK, many of you know I’ve been a serial entrepreneur – starting seven previous computer companies. I’m currently working on my eighth. All have been in and around professional publishing – the computerization of many parts of writing, produci...

 
 By Kevin Stolz    Opinion    October 9, 2019

What's next with parking? l Guest View

Last week in part 1 of our three-part discussion of parking in Mukilteo’s waterfront/Old Town area, we discussed the current state of parking and how we got to where we are today. In this part 2 of our discussion we’ll be looking at what we...

 

The kids are all right l Chuck's World

I’ve been reading your mail for 18 years. I just realized that sounds sort of illegal. Let me clarify. I’ve been writing this column for 18 years. A few weeks following the attacks of Sept. 11,...

 

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