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 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion    February 12, 2020 

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...

 

City's 'Action Plan' isn't to develop affordable housing

Recently, the City Council accepted a state grant to develop a Housing Action Plan. We heard from a number of residents at our meeting after the Beacon covered this issue, and I wanted to share my...

 

More transparency needed at City Hall

I hear you. I want to say thank you to all those who wrote into the council after the mayor's proposal to accept the affordable housing grant passed slimly by 4-3. I heard your concerns. It was loud...

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion    February 12, 2020 

The government shutdown | Off Kilter

I don't know if you remember, but our government was shut down for over three weeks last year. Did you notice? I certainly didn't. Let's start with economic analysis: (Assuming 800,000 workers making...

 
 By Glen Pickus    Opinion    February 12, 2020 

Seeking the Unaffiliated

It doesn't take a demographer to know that Jews are only a small percentage of the total population of Snohomish County. Though small in number, there are more than enough Jews in the county to...

 

Brennan's Store anchored early Mukilteo

In the early 1900s, Mukilteo kids looking for penny candy or adults looking for tobacco products could always find what they wanted at Brennan's Store. John Brennan had located his confectionery...

 

Paine Field Expansion - SOC Meeting Update

I attended the Save Our Communities (SOC) annual meeting on Jan. 26 at City Hall. I would have rather put my jammies on and watched the Grammy’s, but the Paine Field Airport expansion is close to my heart. For one I live just under the flight path... Full story

 

A simple gift in a troubling time

I said goodbye to two old friends last week, although it was hardly sad, and not really goodbye anyway. A favorite television show ended, for one thing. I watched the finale and appreciated the...

 

Editor's Corner | Goodbye for now

Unfortunately, my time with the Beacon newspapers has come to an end. My journey with the Beacon began in Mill Creek towards the end of August. I transitioned over to Mukilteo in November after beloved editor Brandon Gustafson went on to pursue his... Full story

 

Chuck's World | Boldy going where we've gone before

I’ve decided that Michael Chabon is going to be my wingman for this one. I feel as though I’m on shaky ground, and I could use some credentials in my corner. Chabon is a famous writer, for...

 

Guest View | Can you change the world with your pen?

In the next two weeks, you can. With your pen, you can give the 600 students at Mukilteo Elementary – a school built for 350 – more classrooms and a new gymnasium. You can give breathing room to...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    January 29, 2020

Off Kilter | The future of television

Since the widespread implementation of the internet, many of the things that have been in our lives for 50 years or longer are undergoing a radical change. Television is one of them. I was a kid when...

 

Letter to the Editor | Demanding an end to period poverty

Last fall, we helped organize the first-ever #NationalPeriodDay. Collectively, PERIOD hosted 60 rallies, demanding an end to period poverty and the tampon tax that still exists in 31 states, Washington included.  In Washington state we have the oppo...

 

Letter to the Editor | Quality schools support the community

As former Mukilteo mayor and now city councilmember, I understand the intricate balance of schools and the community. Quality schools not only support the community, but can also help build the community by attracting new residents and businesses....

 

Letter to the Editor | Several blatantly unconstitutional bills this session

I'm a software engineer by trade, and a maker for fun. I build and invent my own things, including what some people may call art. I also build my own firearms.  Rep. Strom Peterson has co-sponsored several house bills this season and I'm starting...

 

Letter to the Editor | An observation on national politics

As a 72-year-old, politically independent resident of Mukilteo, I am offering this observation (opinion). Seems the situation is: a Congress of baby boomers with diarrhea of the mouth so to speak - so engrossed in rhetoric and finger pointing there...

 

Letter to the Editor | Sincere gratitude for Mukilteo leaders and staff

I would like to take the opportunity, on behalf of the board, staff, and Kamiak and Mariner High School student apprentices of the Work Force Development Center (WFDC), to express our sincere gratitude for the generous and unwavering support of the...

 
 By Don Saul    Opinion    January 29, 2020

Worship | "So long, and thanks for all the fish"  

In the book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Earth is in the way of a new hyper-spatial expressway…which means, out with the old and in with the new: Earth will be pulverized to make room.  So, there is a limited amount of time for people...

 

Letter to the Editor | Response to convoluted budgeting process for the fire department

Recently I made public comments at the Mukilteo City Council meeting and in the Mukilteo Beacon that outlined the cost overruns, under-budgeting, and nonpublic management of the city’s fire department (FD), specifically with regards to overtime (OT...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    January 22, 2020

Off Kilter | Buying a car in this market

Sounds simple doesn’t it? From time to time, we all need to buy a car. This subject has become so complex that it really isn’t that simple. First decision: buy or lease? The manufacturers have des...

 

Chuck's World | Is someone going to get that?

Not to be Captain Obvious here, but the world has changed, and we’ve changed with it. OK. I would accept Lt. Commander Obvious. Assessing change in real time is usually like watching paint dry,...

 

Letter to the Editor | What about the water at Explorer Middle School?

I’m writing in response to recent social media posts from a Mukilteo School District parent(s) and not something you’ve published, but I wanted to share my opinion with your readership. The posts were concerning discolored water samples taken...

 

Letter to the Editor | Grateful for safe roads in the snow

I want to give a huge thank you to all of those involved in clearing and sanding the roads and making them safe for drivers and kids in Mukilteo! They were out there working tirelessly all night and the hills looked great today. I drove out of...

 

Letter to the Editor | Operation Christmas Child applauds Mukilteo residents for generosity

I am writing to thank Mukilteo residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Mukilteo and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of...

 

Letter to the Editor | Thank you, public works!

A big thank you to Marty and the team at the Mukilteo Public Works Department who cleared the end of my driveway from piled-up snow. This older senior is most grateful. Virginia Stempf Mukilteo... Full story

 

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