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Letter to the Editor | Response to convoluted budgeting process for the fire department

Recently I made public comments at the Mukilteo City Council meeting and in the Mukilteo Beacon that outlined the cost overruns, under-budgeting, and nonpublic management of the city’s fire department (FD), specifically with regards to overtime (OT...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    January 22, 2020 

Off Kilter | Buying a car in this market

Sounds simple doesn’t it? From time to time, we all need to buy a car. This subject has become so complex that it really isn’t that simple. First decision: buy or lease? The manufacturers have des...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion    January 22, 2020 

Chuck's World | Is someone going to get that?

Not to be Captain Obvious here, but the world has changed, and we’ve changed with it. OK. I would accept Lt. Commander Obvious. Assessing change in real time is usually like watching paint dry,...

 

Letter to the Editor | What about the water at Explorer Middle School?

I’m writing in response to recent social media posts from a Mukilteo School District parent(s) and not something you’ve published, but I wanted to share my opinion with your readership. The posts were concerning discolored water samples taken...

 

Letter to the Editor | Grateful for safe roads in the snow

I want to give a huge thank you to all of those involved in clearing and sanding the roads and making them safe for drivers and kids in Mukilteo! They were out there working tirelessly all night and the hills looked great today. I drove out of...

 

Letter to the Editor | Operation Christmas Child applauds Mukilteo residents for generosity

I am writing to thank Mukilteo residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Mukilteo and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of...

 

Letter to the Editor | Thank you, public works!

A big thank you to Marty and the team at the Mukilteo Public Works Department who cleared the end of my driveway from piled-up snow. This older senior is most grateful. Virginia Stempf Mukilteo...

 

Letter to the Editor | Critique of She Kills Monsters

I want to start off by saying I am fully supportive of performing arts programs in our schools and community. Having been a member of orchestra at all levels going through school in the Mukilteo School District has helped me grow and find an outlet f...

 
 By Gordy Arlin    Opinion    January 22, 2020 

Worship | If I knew for sure that I was going to die next month, part 6

Editor's Note: See parts 1-5 of "If I knew for sure..." at mukilteobeacon.com. They were published on Aug. 15, 2018, Jan. 9, 2019, May 29, Aug. 7, and Nov. 6. Hello patient friends! Without your grace to me, I'm sunk. I promise to wrap this up...

 

Our View | Support your local newspaper

Here at the Beacon family of newspapers, we’re grateful for the community’s support. In 1992, when we founded Beacon Publishing in Mukilteo, city officials and others were incredulous that we thought a small town of 8,000 could support a weekly...

 

Council Corner | Happy New Year from your Mukilteo Council President

I have been given the honor and privilege to serve as Mukilteo Council President for 2020. I am grateful and humbled by the support of the council and I pledge to do my best to be available and responsive to councilmembers and all the citizens. I am...

 

Travel Sketcher | Cabernets & IPA's

New in Mukilteo - Cabernets & IPA's. Come for the view, one of the best in the city, stay for the food and the amazing staff. I predict many sketches from the deck this spring. Cabernets &...

 

Letter to the Editor | Lombardo's Skeffington instilled core values in Mukilteo Youth

The Jan. 8, 2020 Beacon article about Mike Skeffington and Lombardo’s was quite interesting, although I feel that the greater of the story needs to be told. I have known Mike since shortly after he opened the original Lombardo’s at Hwy 99 and...

 

Letter to the Editor | Qualified city administrator a must

Mukilteo’s Council voted to reduce the mayor’s salary starting 2022. A tie vote that did not pass. Some confused my comments as trying to overturn the voters who chose, as I did, to keep the mayor/council form of government. I also want a highly...

 

Chuck's World | Living with the big chill

It’s a little cold, which is as cold as it gets where we live. To be fair, I mean. This region hasn’t seen single-digit temperatures in decades, and it’s not likely to in the future. We live in...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    January 15, 2020

Off Kilter | The little things in life

I got to thinking about all the little things we take for granted and that make our daily lives so much more pleasant. For example: We live on a remote street that does not have natural gas supply or...

 

Insightful Investing | Happy New Year! There are new tax laws to absorb  

Below is the content of an article written by Sarah Brenner, JD, and published by Ed Slott and Company, LLC. He is a frequent guest on PBS and trains professionals like myself in the finer aspects of IRA and retirement accounts. Rather than re-write...

 

Worship | An alliance of Muslims, Christians, and Catholics

The recent movie “The Two Popes” fascinated me, mostly because I believe Pope Francis embodies the saint who talked peace with Muslims. I remember when Muslims around the world congratulated Catholics on the election of Pope Francis Bergoglio,...

 

Letter to the Editor | Responses to graffiti and I-976

A Mukilteo resident was quoted in a Beacon article as saying that graffiti is not art. Well, it depends. The article was accompanied by a photograph of graffiti in, I believe, the Japanese Gulch. The graffiti was, indeed, defacement of property,...

 

Letter to the Editor | Fire and EMS overtime

I am responding to Mr. Mewbourn’s letter regarding the issue of Fire and EMS overtime. Mr. Mewbourn forgot to mention that firefighters also get a month salary whether they work or not. At a city council meeting in December, after receiving...

 

Guest View | Public Records Act ruling good for newspapers

In 1869, the Daily Cleveland Herald quoted lawyer John Godfrey Saxe as saying, "Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made." That saying, or variants of...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    January 8, 2020

Off Kilter | Why would we eat this stuff?

If we didn’t eat, we’d die. In fact, liquids (water, actually) are far more important than food. Without water, we’d probably not make it more than a few days. Food we can do without for...

 

Chuck's World | Andy Rooney's bar of soap

The unwelcome visitor showed up on Christmas Eve, looking for room at the inn. There were plenty of vacancies. I wasn’t paying attention. It was a pretty normal Christmas Eve, singing carols, going...

 

Muk Revisited | Mukilteo's First Doctor

Mukilteo's first resident doctor was Claude E. Chandler. He was born Feb. 19, 1883, in Scopus, Missouri, to parents Harrison S. Chandler and Sarah E. Whitner. Harrison was a doctor, so it appears...

 

Letter to the Editor | Invest in our future, vote YES on the 2020 capital bond

Our household supports the upcoming Mukilteo School District Bond 100%.  When we moved here over 20 years ago, we chose Mukilteo because of the school district.  We had a fourth grader and soon-to-be kindergartener at the time, so we did some...

 

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