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 By Tina Dickson    Opinion

Speeding and barking dogs: Early days of the Mukilteo Police Department | Muk Revisited

Speeding on 5th Street, congestion due to ferry traffic, barking dogs – these are some of the things that have been affecting the residents of Mukilteo since the early 1900s and... — Updated 9/9/2020


Editorial cartoon for week of Aug. 26

 — Updated 9/9/2020


Editorial cartoon for week of Aug. 19

 — Updated 8/26/2020

 By Jeff Dutra    Opinion

Bridge builders | Worship

This is likely my final contribution to the Worship column for the Beacon. After 25 years of ministry at Mukilteo Foursquare Church, and 18 of those years as the Senior Pastor,... — Updated 8/26/2020


Scandalous music of the generations | OK Boomer, OK Zoomer

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek editor Emily Gilbert are at opposite ends of the generational gap. He is a Baby Boomer; she is a member of Generation Z. In this regular... — Updated 8/26/2020


The Coronavirus Mirror | An original poem

The world is looking at a coronavirus mirror now What we see is a reflection of what we allow Do we ignore the potential harm of the virus as just a fable Or do we take prudent precautions as we are able Do we act only for... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Home tools and appliances | Off Kilter

This column will firmly establish me as a curmudgeon. Why? Because I’m going to complain about all the laborsaving devices we have in and around our homes. Let’s start with the... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

What I did on my summer vacation | Chuck's World

We would have stayed home this summer, pandemic or not. It’s what we do in the summers, and we have reasons. And the biggest one is that, after nearly 40 years of living in... — Updated 8/17/2020


Editorial cartoon for week of Aug. 12

 — Updated 8/14/2020

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Domestic civility during a cooped-up crisis | Chuck's World

“Are you eating M&Ms for breakfast?” my wife asked the other day, although politely. We’re very polite in this household at the moment. It just makes sense to be on our best... — Updated 8/12/2020


City initiatives still on track in trying times | Mayor's Message

2020 has been a year of uncharted territory. Our City – our Council, the staff, our business community, and residents – have tackled challenges with understanding and... — Updated 8/12/2020


City Council always seeking residents' feedback | Council Corner

As we navigate the new territory of a post COVID-19 world, we are all rapidly learning and adapting to the new methods of outreach, communication, maintaining connections and how... — Updated 8/12/2020


Letter to the editor: Residents appreciate the work by Mukilteo Police Department

The following letter addressed to Mukilteo Police Corporal A. Jones was shared with the Beacon by Mukilteo residents John and JoAnn Smith Dear Corporal Jones, Thank you so very much for responding so quickly for our call for help... — Updated 8/12/2020


Letter to the editor: Story on Kamiak rape was salacious and an invasion of privacy

I just finished reading "Former Kamiak student charged with second-degree rape." When reporting on a rape the article should not be written like a Penthouse Forum story. I found this style of writing salacious and the details that... — Updated 8/12/2020


Letter to the editor: Youth carrier not responsible for non-delivery of the Beacon

Dear neighbors on my son's paper route, I would like to apologize that my son did not deliver the July 22 edition of the Beacon to your door for the first time in the three years he's been your loyal deliver person. I could not... — Updated 8/12/2020

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Golf again! Hooray! | Off-Kilter

May 6 was the second day of the re-opening of our Washington state golf courses. So of course, two of us ventured out to play 18 holes. First mistake, if you are going out for the... — Updated 8/12/2020


Finding community during physical separation | Worship

How are you doing? It’s been about five months since as residents of Snohomish County, we were asked to stay home to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Although in recent... — Updated 8/12/2020


A Letter of Gratitude to First Responders, Community Partners and Neighbors | Port of Everett

Editor's note: The following letter was received from the Port of Everett, SeaLevel Properties, and Gracorp regarding the July 16 fire on the Everett waterfront. As we reflect in the aftermath of last Thursday’s (July 16) blaze a... — Updated 8/12/2020


Letter to the editor: Speak up to save animal habitat/forest near 44th Avenue West

A fish factory will be built on 44th Avenue West. In order to do that, a forest will need to be cut down. I think cutting down this forest will get rid of a lot of animal habitat. Last week we drove past the forest. All of the... — Updated 8/12/2020


Letter to the editor: Mukilteo has a shortage of affordable housing

This letter is in reply to the letter from Lisa McBroom published March18 of this year. ( ) I found Ms. McBroom’s letter to be judgmental and opinionated. She has assumed that affordable housing means low... — Updated 8/12/2020

 By Mark Smith    Opinion

It's a wonderful world | Worship

Someone wrote: “What is this life if so full of care, we have no time to sit and stare.” We usually keep ourselves so busy and distracted that we fail to savor the moment and... — Updated 8/4/2020

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

No silver bullets, just silver linings | Chuck's World

Whatever this is, I've been doing it for five months now. And so have you, obviously. While the "same storm, different boats" concept is also obvious, five months is enough time... — Updated 8/3/2020


Scandalous music of the generations

Paul: Hey Emily, I happened to catch a re-run of the fundraiser “A Concert for COVID-19 Relief” the other night. The telethon megaconcert featured a bunch of big-name Northwest musicians, including Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile... — Updated 7/29/2020


Letter to the editor: Housing Action Plan supports inclusion and compassion for less fortunate

Thank you to Pastor Pamela Miles, of Pointe of Grace Lutheran Church, for her poignant, "Christ was Not White" article in the July 8th edition of the Beacon. I would also like to point out that, by today's standards, Jesus and his... — Updated 7/22/2020


Letter to the editor: Community must tell government that refugees are welcome here

Although it isn’t on the news, nearly a hundred families seeking safety in the U.S. from violence and persecution have been locked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Berks family detention center in... — Updated 7/22/2020


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