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 By Kevin Stolz    Opinion

Keep the Mount Baker crossing open | Reality Check

The new Mukilteo ferry terminal is scheduled to open Dec. 29. Last month we discussed some of the pedestrian access and safety concerns. This month, it’s all (almost) about... — Updated 12/31/2020


Rise up and go to the Potter's House | Worship

Once there was a potter who held in his hands a fine lump of clay. The lump seemed so small and helpless that he held it gently, carefully, warmly in his hands. In fact, his fingers and palms totally covered the ball as he leaned o... — Updated 12/30/2020


Letter to the Editor: Gov. Inslee: Open up the economy now!

Gov. Jay Inslee has reiterated over the past nine months: I make my COVID-19 decisions based on science and data. At this point the data DOES NOT support continued closure of the economy. Restaurants and other small businesses need... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

This year, it might be best to exit laughing | Chuck's World

It feels absurd and a little silly to mark the end of a bad year, as if we’re getting ready to walk out of a lousy movie or head home early from a boring party. Not that we’re... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Insanity definitions | Off Kilter

Albert Einstein said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results." So, what are some of these definitions? I’ll start... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By Louis Harris    Opinion

Residents make Mukilteo a treasure | Council Corner

First, I want to start by expressing my gratitude and joy in representing the residents of Mukilteo. As someone who grew up north of here, I know how much of a treasure Mukilteo is,... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Remembering the 60s? | Off Kilter

Remembering the 60s? One famous saying about the 60s is “if you remember the 60s, you didn’t live through them.” What was so special about the 60s? Well, for one, it is when... — Updated 12/24/2020


City pulled together during challenging year | Council Corner

As 2020 comes to an end and I reflect on my first year on council, I want to briefly share my experience with you. I will start by saying, as you probably heard more times than you... — Updated 12/24/2020

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The one about the parking lot | Chuck's World

I was standing in a parking lot last week, a dreary December afternoon, cold and wet, when I got the text message from my wife. I felt the phone buzz in my coat pocket as I chatted... — Updated 12/23/2020

 By David Parks    Opinion

Christmas past and present | Worship

He dubbed himself, “great.” He was feckless, narcissistic, self-aggrandizing, and desperately afraid of being seen as a loser. When they told him that another king was about to... — Updated 12/23/2020

 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Peace of mind | From the Publisher's Desk

My father was a practical man. When I was young and full of myself, one of the first cars I bought was a 1960 Triumph TR3 roadster. Very impractical. It had removable side curtains... — Updated 12/23/2020


Editorial cartoon for week of Dec. 16

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 By Sal Barba    Opinion

Erring and erring, I walk the unerring path | Worship

What in our life have we been controlled or compelled by? We are currently controlled by a pandemic, and we are compelled to respond to the emerging rules of safety and health in a... — Updated 12/16/2020

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The best show on TV is us | Chuck's World

I’ve been doing a few minor home repairs lately, which is an obvious sign of the apocalypse. I’m surprised the roads aren’t jammed with people leaving the city. There will be... — Updated 12/16/2020


Letter to the Editor: City should act to prevent new traffic on Mukilteo Lane

Editor’s note: A petition to the city of Mukilteo about traffic and pedestrian safety issues on Mukilteo Lane is circulating in the community. It is unclear why this petition is arising now. The new ferry terminal will open in... — Updated 12/16/2020

 By Riaz Khan    Opinion

Keeping the focus on the city's finances | Council Corner

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, who passed away during this COVID-19 pandemic. I am glad I have successfully completed my first year of public... — Updated 12/16/2020

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Losing gracefully | Off Kilter

OK, we’re all finally accepting the results of the presidential election. As we sit here, it appears Joe Biden is going to be the president-elect and Donald Trump is going to... — Updated 12/16/2020

 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Give the gift of community this year | Publisher's Desk

Santa, like life, sometimes surprises you, and you get things that weren’t on your wish list. Worse yet comes the day when you discover that neither Santa nor the life you... — Updated 12/16/2020


Editorial cartoon for week of Dec. 9

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 By Glen Pickus    Opinion

Hanukkah confusion | Worship

Despite being one of the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays, understanding why we celebrate Hanukkah can be confusing. First, there is the common misperception that Hanukkah is... — Updated 12/10/2020

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

All the world's a stage | Chuck's World

I’ve determined that I’m not good at this, whatever this is. That’s part of the problem – being aware that I’m not great at navigating this particular situation isn’t... — Updated 12/9/2020


Letter to the Editor: Accurate data on suicides needed

As we are dealing with the ongoing crisis of COVID, let us not forget that there are other problems out there and we are neglecting them. Before anyone heard about COVID, this country had a mental health crisis, and the lockdown ha... — Updated 12/9/2020


Letter to the Editor: Why providing foreign aid boosts U.S. interests

It is easy to be consumed with how domestic action affects the U.S. economy, but it is an essential practice to take a step back and realize what potential the rest of the world has to offer. Foreign exports in 2018 making up just... — Updated 12/9/2020

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Relative value | Off Kilter

This morning I attended my usual breakfast with some friends. We were talking about a visit to the barber (salon if you’re a woman or Nancy Pelosi). At any rate, I related a... — Updated 12/9/2020

 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Time is running out: Sign up for your Beacon now! | Publisher's Desk

When I got my first job, delivering the local daily newspaper, I learned how to “box” the paper, that is, fold it into a square with corners tucked in to make a tight-fit box. N... — Updated 12/9/2020


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