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 By Michael Gold    Opinion 

Life's little inconveniences | Off Kilter

This will be a curmudgeonly type of column. It was precipitated by another in the seemly endless litany of little things that simply get in the way of one’s enjoyment of daily... — Updated 9/28/2022

 By Michael Simmons    Opinion 

Be here. Be you. Belong. | Mukilteo Schools

“Belonging” is one thing that we all need and desire as part of our human nature. Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, clubs, athletic teams, and social groups are sought after... — Updated 9/28/2022


Editorial cartoon for week of Sept. 28

 — Updated 9/28/2022

 By Sal Barba    Opinion 

Ignorance causes us to experience suffering | Worship

According to the Buddha, the primary cause of our suffering is ignorance. What does “ignorance” mean? Ignorance is a fundamental state of mind that reflects misunderstanding.... — Updated 9/28/2022

 By Kevin Stoltz    Opinion 

City should move ahead with interim waterfront projects | Reality Check

It seems now would be a good time to get smart about implementing some of the interim waterfront projects that will benefit our community. Let’s start with the Port of... — Updated 9/28/2022


Enough is enough: Bad behavior by coaches, parents and fans must stop | Guest View

Editor’s note: This column was submitted by Dr. Karissa Niehoff, chief executive officer of the National Federation of State High School Associations, and Mick Hoffman, executive director of the Washington Interscholastic... — Updated 9/28/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion 

Go take a short siesta | Darn Wright

During my years as a supervisor for the Washington State Probation and Parole Department, my staff and I had to constantly come up with solutions to problems. From this, we learned... — Updated 9/28/2022


Letter to the Editor: Mayor Marine should have consulted with Tulalip Tribes before replacing plaque

As Mukilteo residents, we wish the Point Elliott Treaty plaque could have been updated to reflect today's thoughts on the treaty. At the very least, the Tulalip Tribes should have... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By Glen Pickus    Opinion

Please forgive me | Worship

By my count, I’ve written about the Jewish High Holy Days at least 15 times for the Beacon Worship page, so some of the following may already be familiar to you. This year, Rosh... — Updated 9/21/2022


Music and dance: It's not just for enjoyment | Health and Wellness

Several years ago I watched a documentary on how movement and music played a significant role in helping people manage Parkinson’s and dementia. I was fascinated by how someone... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By Jim Miller    Opinion

How to choose a Medicare supplemental (Medigap) policy | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m planning to enroll in original Medicare in a few months and have been told I probably need to get a Medicare supplemental policy too. Can you offer any... — Updated 9/21/2022


Letter to the Editor: City should add signs to let people know they are entering Mukilteo

Celebrating Mukilteo's 75th anniversary as an incorporated city, I learned a lot. To be fair, much of it I already knew thanks to articles in the Beacon over the years and having se... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Goodbye, snollygoster. Hello, aporophobia? | Moment's Notice

During a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Madrid a few years ago, I visited the mecca of the Spanish language: the Real Academia Española, the defender of proper Spanish. I grew up... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Language: Can't talk without it; can't understand anything with it | Off Kilter

OK, today I’m going to “channel” that great American comedy resource, Dave Barry. He is a national treasure. From time to time, he wrote a column (his “home” newspaper is... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

The Day of the Dead is not Halloween | Darn Wright

With Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through Oct. 15, Halloween, and All Soul’s Day (Nov. 2), just within reach of a witch broom ride together, let us think about The Day of... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By Jerry Arnold    Opinion

A tale of Big Gulch salmon | Muk Revisited

During an after-dinner conversation with Mukilteo friends, the topic of Big Gulch arose. This prominent forested ravine, nested between 92nd Street SW and Harbour Pointe Boulevard i... — Updated 9/14/2022

 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Belief, trust, and honor | Worship

How often we think about faith and our spiritual beliefs can be a measure of how well life works for us. What does faith mean to you, and do you consider yourself to be a person... — Updated 9/14/2022

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The Queen and the monarchy | Off Kilter

OK, you would have to have been unconscious for the past week to not know that the Queen of the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away at the age of 96. This followed the... — Updated 9/14/2022

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

15: Complex, triangular, pernicious, and much more | Moment's Notice

Fifteen, 15. It’s a complex number. It’s a composite number (formed through multiplication), a deficient number (like all prime numbers, but it’s not prime), a pernicious... — Updated 9/14/2022

 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 Chuck Wright    Opinion

Reevaluating hopelessness | Darn Wright

Editor’s note: This article discusses self-harm. If you are thinking of harming yourself, there are resources. 988 is the new, nationwide, three-digit dialing code for the... — Updated 9/7/2022


Feeling stressed or in pain? Alternative treatments can help | GuestView

Acupuncture, chiropractic care, and massage therapy are hundreds and thousands of years old, and are meeting a need for flexible and non-invasive therapy for chronic pain, stress and more today. Dr. LuAnn Chen, senior medical... — Updated 9/7/2022

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Are you safe? | Off Kilter

We’re all concerned as to whether we are safe. Safe in our homes, safe going to the store, safe going out in public. Let me address this. There are almost 8 billion people in the... — Updated 9/7/2022


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