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 By Bill Trueit    Opinion

Charging on the road | Earth Matters

The fear of being stranded isn’t slowing down electric vehicle (EV) sales. In the first quarter of 2023, EVs accounted for a little more than 20% of the vehicles sold in King... — Updated 5/17/2023


Remembering Mom, and her cooking | Chef Dez

Mother’s Day is approaching, and it is not only a day to show respect to your mom, grandmother, and/or wife, but also to remember and reminisce. A couple of months ago my mom... — Updated 5/10/2023

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Life is precious | Off Kilter

I guess one could also entitle this column “stupid things we’ve all done, and yet, we’re still here.” There was a radio program on NPR every Saturday morning. It was called... — Updated 5/10/2023

 By Brian Soergel    Opinion

Election endorsements are encouraged | Managing Editor's Note

There's no mistaking that election season is upon us. Even though the filing deadline for public office isn't until next month (May 15-19), there is plenty of political intrigue in... — Updated 4/12/2023


Thanks for allowing me to serve | Mukilteo Schools

In 2011, during my initial campaign to become a school board member, my mantra was, "it begins and ends with our students!" And now that I am resigning from the school board after... — Updated 2/22/2023

 By Judy Schwab    Opinion

Clever construction planning benefits students, community | Mukilteo Schools

If your commute takes you by Challenger, Discovery, or Horizon elementary schools, you may have seen the construction happening this past year. They are just a few of the schools re... — Updated 2/1/2023


Easily incorporate more vegetables, fruits in your diet | Chef Dez

Healthy eating food guides recommend that we, as adults, should be eating an average of seven to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Children should be eating four to... — Updated 1/18/2023


Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Just before the turn of the 20th century, 8-year-old Virginia Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept.... — Updated 12/22/2022 Full story

 By Jim Miller    Opinion

Ways to pay for long-term care without insurance or savings | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, What types of financial resources are available to help seniors pay for long-term care? My 86-year-old mother will need either an assisted living facility or... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Thanks for … everything | Moment's Notice

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” — Willie Nelson Thanks (n) 1: kindly or grateful thoughts : GRATITUDE 2: an expression of gratitude /... — Updated 11/23/2022


Let There Be Light! | Muk Revisited

On the morning of May 1, 1906, Lighthouse Keeper Peter Christiansen and Assistant Keeper David Kinyon of the U.S. Lighthouse Service were very busy making sure the inner workings... — Updated 11/2/2022

 By Matt Nienhuis    Opinion

Help prepare your neighborhood for fall weather | Mukilteo Public Works

Fall is in the air and your City's Public Works Department is busy preparing to handle the deciduous leaves along city streets. If left on the streets, these leaves risk clogging... — Updated 11/2/2022


Safety is a community effort | Mukilteo Schools

Safety has always been at the forefront of school efforts, but it has never reached the level of concern that it is now. The frequency of public venue and school-related crimes, as... — Updated 11/2/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Some suggestions for solving jury duty summons problems | Darn Wright

People not responding to jury duty summons is just another major problem for our justice system. But there may be some simple solutions we can use to correct this problem. Both... — Updated 9/14/2022

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Keep on rockin' in a free world? | Moment's Notice

Neil Young wrote the song “Rockin’ In a Free World” in 1989 after a bandmate nonchalantly uttered the line (or “We’ll have to keep on rockin’ in the free world,” to... — Updated 7/27/2022


Prescription costs: There's help | Health and Wellness

I know that it is no surprise to hear that prescription drug prices are out of control. Even with insurance, many people have difficulty affording their medications. Some even have... — Updated 7/20/2022

 By Kelli Wilson    Opinion

The importance of passing time | Student View

Most people don't think about the importance of time in between classes. In fact, it is so overlooked that we keep cutting it down, especially in middle schools. Previous... — Updated 7/13/2022

 By Austin Wright    Opinion

The solace of summer vacation | Student View

People often equate high school graduation as very freeing. To some extent, yes. The final few days were very happy, if not bittersweet, as final exams made way for yearbook... — Updated 6/22/2022

 By Adam Fortney    Opinion

Here's why the Sheriff's Office is reassigning deputies to the streets | Guest View

In 2019, the residents of Snohomish County gave me the opportunity to lead the Sheriff's Office and deliver police services to unincorporated Snohomish County and our contract... — Updated 6/22/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Highway 20: The ride of your life | Darn Wright

A drive on the longest state highway, 436 miles across the northern areas of Washington, can only happen on Highway 20, the Cascade Loop. After traveling east on the Cascade loop,... — Updated 6/22/2022

 By Fred Obee    Opinion

Constitution tested by silos of belief, spread of lies | Guest View

Much is lamentable in our political discourse. It can be senselessly coarse, wildly inaccurate, insulting and cruel. But it also can be inspirational and move us to courageously... — Updated 6/15/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Who is a law-abiding citizen? | Darn Wright

“If you pass gun laws, you’ll be taking away guns from law-abiding citizens.” That is the common mantra from many who do not want any common-sense gun safety laws. This... — Updated 6/8/2022

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Never the last laugh | Moment's Notice

“He who laughs last, laughs longest.” – English proverb Why on earth would someone want the last laugh? Laughing last and alone, to show victory over someone else, well, that... — Updated 6/8/2022


Nurses are district's 'first responders' | Mukilteo Schools

In my March column I referenced the dawn of every school year for students and families, more specifically at Pathfinder Kindergarten Center, and the first welcoming to school for... — Updated 6/2/2022


Sun, vitamin D, and you | Health and Wellness

If you are like me, you are lamenting the lack of sun and warmth this spring in the Pacific Northwest. I feel as if the sun comes out with its shining rays and warmth to tease me a... — Updated 5/18/2022


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