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Letter to the editor: The many COVID-19 impacts

Much has been written about the financial impacts of the Covid-19 virus on our citizens and businesses but not much about the impact it is having on revenue that cities, counties , states and other organizations depend upon to pay for the services...

 

Letter to the editor: Mukilteo needs more outdoor sports options

MCA, and it’s great but it’s not public, it’s got hours subject to management and staff discretion, and it’s not free. A free public skate park gives an outdoor place for recreation, and will draw people into this community. The lack of a fre...

 

Letter to the editor: Affordable housing doesn't mean more crime or drugs

I’ve lived in Mukilteo since the summer of 1998. I have found it, and continue to find this, an open, welcoming city, with a few exceptions which I’ve been asked to voice my opinion about. There is among a few of our neighbors the belief that...

 

Letter to the editor: Immigrants made this country

I can’t get the March 18th letter from Lisa McBroom out of my mind. How snobbish can we in Mukilteo possibly be?!  I’m reminded of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” and a song in it called “Ya Got Trouble (Right here in River...

 

Letter to the editor: Subsidized housing & the Democrats' plan

The Democrats’ plan for low-income housing in Mukilteo and all of Washington was planned long ago, parallel to the state sanctuary policy declared by Gov. Inslee in 2017 and again in 2019. Together the two policies offer subsidized housing for new...

 

Letter to the editor: Hold Mukilteo School District leaders accountable for delay in online learning

We need to hold Mukilteo District leaders accountable for the delay in online learning. Other districts around us already offer online learning support and virtual classrooms while the Mukilteo School District continues to delay a roll out of...

 

Letter to the editor: Run in Japanese Gulch is a welcome diversion

I went for a run in Japanese Gulch this past week. It’s been a favorite training ground for decades. It allowed me a reprieve from “cabin fever”, and provided a way to honor “social distancing” during our COVID-19 pandemic. In the past, I...

 

No 'affordable housing' in Mukilteo

RE: The new MUKILTEO SLUMS, MUKILTEO GHETTO, aka the "affordable housing/low income" grant situation, did you read letters in last week’s Mukilteo Beacon pointing out factual, appalling considerations? The current political terminology of...

 

Classified employees deserve recognition

School Classified Employees are responsible for transportation, food preparation, cleaning common spaces and classrooms, instruction, office operations and helping in every way. We work a variety of jobs together to support student success and...

 

People need a place to live

I have only lived in Mukilteo for 25 years, so I haven’t seen everything, but I like to think I may know a thing or two. First, I want to say that our family continues to enjoy this community and area even as it has changed in many ways. There is...

 

New county leadership needed

The Snohomish County Council will have a great opportunity to change the direction of our county with the selection of a new District 4 Council member. I hope they pick a candidate like councilmembers Stephanie Wright and Megan Dunn. The...

 

Coach Ondriezek changed my life

How do you say thank you to someone who changed the course of your life, especially 40 years later? Do high school teachers really have an impact on a young person’s life? In 1977, I was a very small, 95-pound high school freshman attending Rivervi...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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