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Life in the time of coronavirus

In June of 1972, right about the time I was finishing the eighth grade, the grown-ups were all talking about a dirty movie. This was "Deep Throat," and it was a sign of the times, I'd heard, another indication of a rapid moral decay that matched the...

 

Smugglers, rumrunners and bootleggers

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of National Prohibition as stipulated in the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment banned the manufacture, sale, or transportation...

 

Goosebumps and spectacles

The word spectacle is derived from the word spectacular. How does one know you are witnessing a spectacle? Easy, first and foremost you should feel a chill or goosebumps. That is your body telling you that you are seeing something special. Something...

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion    March 4, 2020

The Stanley Cup and the Spanish Flu

The Stanley Cup still bears evidence of the Spanish flu, more than 100 years after the event. A couple of years ago I asked my friend Billy Gleeson to take a picture of the Stanley Cup showing the...

 

Housing plan isn't what Mukilteans want

In her article in the Mukilteo Beacon, Feb. 12, 2020, "Mayor’s Message: City's 'Action Plan' is not to develop affordable housing," Mayor Gregorson states: "[The Housing Action Plan] is not a plan to develop affordable housing." She adds that the...

 

Legislators have to live within their means

In a recent newspaper article, our lawmakers state they will be losing $453 million in revenues, and have been complaining about this ever since we as citizens passed Initiative 976. In a separate article another day, we were told our Washington...

 

Article on Liias bill didn't tell whole story

I do not think your February 26 coverage of the “Liias bill promotes car tax changes” was very inclusive. The colored box, bold headlines and positive narrative didn’t tell the whole story. Nowhere in this article was it explained that ALL of...

 

Beware 'next great social experiment'

I find myself in an unusual position of agreeing with Charlie Pancerzewski's letter to the editor titled “An Appeal to the City Council” dated Feb. 26 regarding opposition to the Housing Action Plan grant. Sarah Kneller didn't convince me with...

 

What housing crisis?

The stir over "affordable housing" prods me to ask, "Is there a housing crisis in Mukilteo threatening the general welfare of residents?" Why, then, is it even on the agenda of City Council? We are - or, at least, we once were - a peoples' republic...

 
 By Mark Smith    Opinion    March 4, 2020

True Greatness

What would you say are the marks of greatness in our society today? Is it someone who occupies a prestigious position? Is it someone who is famous and has a lot of money? Is it someone who is strong and powerful, who wields tremendous influence, who...

 

Travel Sketcher

The views in this area are always sketch-worthy. This is from Duke's on Lake Union. Sailboat, Queen Anne, and the lake - even on a rainy day it is a delight....

 

Navigating the last part

I gave a friend a ride home the other night, traversing unfamiliar streets in the dark the old-fashioned way. That is, he told me where to turn. This was mildly embarrassing for a couple of reasons,...

 

An appeal to the City Council

This letter from the mayor (see following) last year to the state indicates the City wanted this grant to pursue affordable housing in Mukilteo. The residents of Mukilteo did not know anything about this. I do not find any council meeting minutes aut...

 

Don't further burden residents with onerous ferry traffic

TO: Mayor Jennifer Gregerson and City Council members On June 23, 2019, we submitted a letter to the City of Mukilteo after we had reviewed the challenges put forth by Mick Matheson, PE, Public Works Director in regard to the waterfront...

 

Bloomberg showed heart to employee in need

My support for the candidacy of Mike Bloomberg is not without some very personal insight. I suffer from Multiple Sclerosis. During the 35 years I have dealt with this chronic condition I had the opportunity to meet a wonderful gentleman who suffers...

 

Kamiak treated teacher loss the right way

Two weeks ago on Tuesday, I received a text from my daughter, “My chem teacher died.” A few minutes later she texted what my husband and I already knew, “He was my favorite teacher.” I could...

 

Housing grant: Let's get on the same page

The City Council has received a number of comments both in person and via E-mail from the community regarding the Housing Action Plan grant we were awarded and the council voted to accept. I am favorable of a full and well-rounded deliberation on...

 

Watching the men and their flowers | Chuck's World

I slipped in and out of the grocery store on Valentine’s Day, getting what I needed quickly and trying not to stare. It’s become an annual adventure, observing the mating rituals of the contempora...

 

History in perspective

In studying history, like art and architecture, perspective is paramount. An acquaintance sent me a note, probably paraphrased of what he had read in an old journal from an early resident of Bainbridge Island. The note said that the resident of the...

 

The Academy Awards and other Outrages | Off Kilter

OK, I’ll admit it right off the starting mark. I can’t stand the over-blown, over-exposed, over-anticipated ceremony marking the annual pilgrimage of the world’s greatest “stars” to...

 

Eggs: Part of My Well-Balanced Diet | Chef Dez on Cooking

Like many people at the beginning of a new year, I started a new year’s resolution to eat healthier and exercise more in 2020. Now, nearly two months in, I have pretty much cut out any alcohol, try to hit the gym at least five days per week, and...

 

Call a spade a spade: it's affordable housing

Mayor Jennifer Gregerson wrote an article in The Mukilteo Beacon on Feb 12 a response to citizen complaints about a recent grant she sought and received for assessing housing and zoning changes. In the article Gregerson states, "It is not a plan for...

 

Section 8 is a hand up, not a handout

Kudos to Anna Rohrbough and Cathy Carter for their Feb. 12 letters to the editor. Their constructive critique regarding the City Council’s recent acceptance of a Housing Action Plan grant, without any apparent consideration of its impact on...

 

Get Your Ash in Church

What was a season of fear and sadness as a child, I have come to realize as a time of hope. I remember growing up with a Catholic father who insisted on fish every Friday, and yet we never attended Mass. Instead I went to a Lutheran church with my...

 

I know you are but what am I | Chuck's World

A million years ago, a coworker told me about her dream. I was mildly curious, if only because we were collegial only, not really friends. And because the dream was about me. That’ll always get my...

 

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