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Letter to the Editor: Minimum wage hike hurts business owners, employees

Government orders business owners give “treats” to designated “pet” employees – the family breadwinners. Affordable or not! Called “minimum wages.” Surprise! Turns out the very same treats are given EVERYBODY!... — Updated 2/17/2021


Letter to the Editor: Support Snohomish Health District by passing President Biden's relief package

Thanks to the Snohomish Health Department for doing a great job battling the pandemic, most recently identifying the arrival of the new variant that was first discovered in the U.K. (New strain of COVID-19 found in Snohomish... — Updated 2/17/2021


Letter to the Editor: City should take a hard look at payroll costs

I read an article from the mayor of Everett that they have an $18,000,000 shortfall in their 2021 budget and may have to cut services to the citizens of Everett. Washington state law requires a city to balance its budget each year... — Updated 2/17/2021


Letter to the Editor: Questions on second COVID shot

Snohomish County Health Officer Chris Spitters’ comments in KING 5 interview about COVID vac- cinations in Snohomish County were disturbing and disheartening. Spitters said that “the estimated short-term benefit of a single... — Updated 2/17/2021


Letter to the Editor: Are City Council's priorities your priorities?

Recently, the Mukilteo’s council discussed 2021 priorities. Improved communications was their top priority. Waterfront development and annexation were priorities two and three. Most agree better communication is needed. How about... — Updated 2/10/2021


Letter to the Editor: Mukilteo Lane residents should not be forced to deal with more waterfront traffic

We applaud former City Councilmember Kevin Stoltz’s continuing detailed Beacon narratives of the traffic and pedestrian issues in “Old Town” regarding the opening of the new Mukilteo ferry terminal. Hopefully, once the final... — Updated 2/10/2021


Letter to the Editor: Tunnel would provide more benefits than ferries

Washington State Ferries (WSF) just completed the new $187 million Mukilteo terminal ($139 million original estimate). The terminal resembles a Salish longhouse and is decorated with tribal art from the Tulalip and Suquamish.... — Updated 2/3/2021


Letter to the Editor: Private sports betting creates much needed revenue

As a resident of Mukilteo and dealer at Maverick Gaming, I applaud our state Sen. Marko Liias for his leadership in sponsoring SB 5212. This bipartisan legislation will add tens of millions of dollars for state and local services... — Updated 2/3/2021


Letter to Editor: Teachers returning to school not worth the risk

In a Sep. 30 article in the journal Science, researchers found that children and young adults – who made up one third of COVID-19 cases – were especially key to transmitting the virus in studied populations. This research, comb... — Updated 2/3/2021


Letter to the Editor: Work Force Development Center appreciates support of city

I would like to take the opportunity, on behalf of the board, staff and high school students of Work Force Development Center (WFDC), to express our sincere gratitude for the generous and unwavering support of the City Council,... — Updated 1/27/2021


Letter to the Editor: Goodbye from Mukilteo Montessori School

Dear Mukilteo friends: In 1993, Marjorie Maher opened the first-ever Montessori preschool and kindergarten in Mukilteo in a little house on Beverly Park Road. I had the honor of becoming the second owner of Mukilteo Montessori... — Updated 1/27/2021


Letter to the Editor: Mayor responds to resident's concerns about new ferry terminal

Editor’s note: This letter from Mayor Jennifer Gregerson is in response to a letter to the editor by Susan Davison in the Jan. 20 edition of the Mukilteo Beacon ( I wanted to share a little information... — Updated 1/27/2021


Letter to the Editor: Time to reinforce speed limits on Mukilteo Speedway

Editor’s note: This letter was written in response to the Jan. 20 story on ferry traffic, “Traffic issues arise around new ferry terminal.” Well-written article (, but what it neglects to mention is an... — Updated 1/27/2021

 By Beacon Staff    Opinion

Letter to the editor: School superintendents request staff move up on state's vaccination plan

Editor’s note: Mukilteo School District Superintendent Alison Brynelson, Edmonds School District Superintendent Gustavo Balderas and Everett School District Superintendent Ian... — Updated 1/22/2021


Letter to the Editor: Washington State Ferries, city should address new ferry terminal issues

I was really frustrated, but after reading Charlie Pancerzewski’s Jan. 13 letter to the editor ( ), now I’m really angry as well! I was not aware the new ferry terminal cost $187,000,000! As a senior... — Updated 1/20/2021


Letter to the Editor: Elevators not working at new ferry terminal

I visited the new ferry terminal and was surprised that the walk-on foot traffic had to go up to the second level and then down again to the first level to board. However, all of the elevators were closed and were not available... — Updated 1/20/2021


Letter to the Editor: Mount Baker railroad crossing should remain open in both directions

Mukilteo City Council meeting, Jan. 4, 2021: Potential options for First Street, Mount Baker railroad crossing, and Mukilteo Lane problems – Presentation by Andrea Swisstack, Director of Public Works, and discussion. Summary of... — Updated 1/13/2021


Letter to the Editor: New ferry terminal – What do we get for $187,000,000?

As a 51-year resident in downtown Mukilteo the Beacon asked what I saw from spending $187,000,000 for a new ferry terminal. The same two ferries will leave every half hour and continue to transport the same number of vehicles.... — Updated 1/13/2021


Letter to the Editor: Use our voices to push for equity for all

Chuck Sigars’ thoughtful year-ending piece, honoring those who passed in this difficult year, especially those who made us laugh, can give us each pause to reflect. ( ) is a good way to end the old... — Updated 1/6/2021


Letter to the Editor: Restaurants are not the cause of increased COVID-19 cases

I own and operate three restaurants in Washington state, two in Snohomish County. The ongoing shutdowns of indoor restaurant dining has had a devastating effect on our businesses and our employees. Large stores retail stores... — Updated 1/6/2021


Letter to the editor: Keep First Street closed and Mount Baker railroad crossing open

First Street, Baker Railroad crossing and Mukilteo Lane problems - The Mukilteo City Council is slated to discuss these problems again Jan. 4, 2021. There seems to be a push to close the Baker RR crossing prematurely. This is ill a... — Updated 1/3/2021


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


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


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


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