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 By Rick Steves    Opinion 

Bologna airport plane bump is no baloney | Guest View

I've already enjoyed a cappuccino with a Capuchin monk – and now I've had a baloney sandwich in Bologna. How can a hungry traveler interested in "going local" do much better?... — Updated 6/29/2022


Curbing gun violence: Do something | Guest View

The National League of Women Voters has supported measures to increase public and school safety and decrease gun violence since 1999. The League believes that “the proliferation of handguns and semiautomatic weapons in the... — Updated 6/29/2022


Remembering a time: When will it stop? | Guest View

We watch the news and see children in Ukraine clutching their favorite toy as they are forced to leave home. They and their parents are fleeing from the advancing Russian army. And it evokes memories of my own family’s retreat fr... — Updated 6/8/2022

 By Greg Ferguson    Opinion

Our changing oceans | Guest View

Ours is a water planet. Seventy percent is ocean and, when seen from space, we are a blue-and-white marble. What happens in the oceans is important to us land dwellers – and not just for giving us canned, hard-smoked, Quinault... — Updated 5/25/2022

 By Greg Ferguson    Opinion

Here come the all-electric houses | Guest View

The road to a healthier, safer life, and planet starts right at the front door. The new, modern, all-electric house does not rely on flammable fuels, does not produce toxic combustion byproducts, and does not emit greenhouse... — Updated 5/4/2022

 By Greg Ferguson    Opinion

The environment and equity: Children, poor will suffer more | Guest View

Who will face the biggest continuing impact of environmental decline? We are all affected, but it is clear that children and the poor bear the brunt of dramatic ecological change. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund,... — Updated 4/27/2022

 By Austin Wright    Opinion

A student's view: The journalism gauntlet

Editor's note: Austin Wright is a senior at Kamiak High School who contributes to the school's newspaper, The Gauntlet. Austin will write occasional columns for The Beacon on his... — Updated 4/13/2022

 By Adam Maxwell    Opinion

Mixed bag for climate needs; sunny outlook for solar energy | Guest View

The Washington State Legislature concluded regular session March 10 in a whirlwind that saw many needed environmental bills shortchanged by the 60-day schedule. A few critical wins,... — Updated 3/23/2022

 By Austin Wright    Opinion

A student's view: The mask mandate at school | Guest View

Editor's note: Austin Wright is a senior at Kamiak High School who contributes to the school's newspaper, The Gauntlet, which will be released this month. Austin will write... — Updated 3/16/2022


At-home COVID-19 test kits: Common questions answered

With the recent COVID-19 omicron variant surge, Americans have been asked to increase their use of testing to help control the spread of the virus. At-home testing kits have become a popular and convenient option, but many... — Updated 2/9/2022


Show your support for vital services provided by schools | Guest View

"You've been given a great gift, George: A chance to see what the world would be like without you," says the angel Clarence to Jimmy Stewart's George Bailey in "It's A Wonderful... — Updated 1/26/2022

 By Greg Ferguson    Opinion

What if Galileo were a modern climate scientist? | Guest View

One of the great revolutions in our history was the invention and, after lots of turmoil, adoption of the scientific method. Galileo is called by many the "father of the scientific... — Updated 1/12/2022


Sno-Isle budget includes updates, express lockers | Guest View

The end of the year is swiftly approaching, and with it a flurry – maybe with snow? – of library activities to get ready for the start of 2022. At the Sno-Isle Libraries... — Updated 1/5/2022

 By Kim Voetberg    Opinion

Mukilteo Kiwanis names 2022 board | Guest View

The Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo has been serving this community for decades, having been initially sponsored by South Whidbey Kiwanis Club. With a rough nearly two years, we... — Updated 12/15/2021

 By Greg Ferguson    Opinion

Where the rubber meets the road | Guest View

It is interesting to pick something that we use as part of our daily lives and take a look at the impact of that use. The car tires that we all ride on need to be made, they wear out, and they need to be thrown away. About 20% of a... — Updated 12/1/2021

 By Greg Ferguson    Opinion

Shopping that won't melt the North Pole | Guest View

‘Tis is the season to shop. It might seem early, but all the broken links in the supply chain could mean now or never. Guys’ shopping day, Christmas Eve, is going to be way too late this year. Are there ways to buy that reduce... — Updated 11/24/2021

 By Rick Larsen    Opinion

What the infrastructure bill means for Washington state | Guest View

Editor’s note: U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen released the following about the $1.2 trillion U.S. House infrastructure package that will bring more than $8.5 billion to Washington state. So what does that mean for Mukilteo and the... — Updated 11/17/2021

 By Terry Preshaw    Opinion

Get ready for breakthrough COVID cases | Guest View

I've just returned from a four-day trip to New Jersey that stretched into a four-week hell-ride because of COVID-19. My fully vaccinated immediate family had gathered in New Jersey... — Updated 10/20/2021

 By Matt Nienhuis    Opinion

Let's keep our storm drains clear | Guest View

As we approach fall, your City's Public Works Department is busy preparing to handle the thousands of leaves that will fall on City streets. If left unattended these leaves risk... — Updated 9/29/2021

 By Jane Martin    Opinion

New Mukilteo Ferry Terminal needs to address numerous problems | Guest View

Editor's note: The following is a letter by a Whidbey Island resident that was sent to Washington State Ferries and state legislators about issues related to the Mukilteo Ferry... — Updated 9/8/2021

 By Ayesha Khan    Opinion

Paine Field should enact a quiet zone after 10 p.m. | Guest View

Airport-related activities always have a bigger impact on small cities. Living near a small airport still poses the same risk and nuisance a big airport does. It might be in... — Updated 7/14/2021

 By Kevin Stolz    Opinion

Some flights out of Paine Field take off when tower is closed | Guest View

Despite the MRD (Mediated Role Determination) adopted by Snohomish County in 1979 that paved the way for residential development around PAE (Paine Field) with the county's... — Updated 6/30/2021


$4.6 million not for pet projects | Guest View

This large distribution to Mukilteo from the Feds' American Rescue Plan Act is said to be for negative economic impacts of COVID-19 and for the provision of government services to... — Updated 5/12/2021

 By Strom Peterson    Opinion

Legislative update: House Democrats focused on 4 objectives | Guest View

We can all agree that this past year has been one like no other, and the same can be said for the 2021 legislative session. The House of Representatives, which I am proud to be a... — Updated 5/12/2021


Answered: Your top COVID vaccine questions | Guest View

The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines has accelerated across the country, including in Washington state, where vaccine eligibility expanded to all Washingtonians over the age of 16... — Updated 5/5/2021


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