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Wishes for 2018 l Editor's Note


January 3, 2018

2017 has been a strange year to say the least.

On the heels of 2016 which many dubbed as “the worst year ever” people were hopeful that 2017 would turn things around.

To some people, it did but to others, it did not. It all depends on who you ask.

Some low points of the year include:

  • We had the worst mass shooting in US history in Las Vegas.
  • Hurricanes and flooding destroyed homes in Texas and Florida.
  • Sexual assault allegations among celebrities have been breaking left and right.

Some highpoints of the year include:

  • Those same women that were sexually assaulted have started speaking out and are being listened to.
  • "Wonder Woman" which was directed by Patty Jenkins, was released and was the first superhero film directed by a woman.
  • We got to see an awesome solar eclipse! Strangely enough, I was at the dump while it was happening.

And, depending on who you ask, they’re either happy or mad about:

  • 2017 being President Donald Trump’s first year in office.
  • NFL players by protesting kneeling during the National Anthem.
  • The New England Patriots won another Super Bowl.

For me personally, 2017 wasn’t all that bad.

I graduated from my dream school with a degree that I used to get my current job.

I moved into a beautiful apartment with two of my best friends.

I got an awesome job covering the ins and outs of my hometown.

So, what do I want to see in Mukilteo in 2018? Just a few things:

  • Continued improvements in public safety.

The city’s leadership has done, in my opinion, a good job making that a priority. Police and fire are either fully staffed or darn close and roadway projects are in the works.

  • Progress with the Peace Park project.

What occurred a year and a half ago can never be forgotten. We lost three great people and almost lost a fourth.

Things are iffy as of now in regards to the project and the scope of it. Some councilmembers want it toned down, while people working on the project have their ideas as well. I hope both sides can come together and figure something out so we can continue with the project.

  • More community involvement

I love going to events in Mukilteo and seeing all the people volunteering their time towards making others’ days better.

I would also like to see more people attend things such as City Council meetings. More often than not, when Mayor Jennifer Gregerson asks for public comment, either no one comes up to the stand, or no one is in attendance to provide a comment.

I challenge citizens to read their agenda items and come to meetings when there’s something happening that you’re passionate about.

I want to thank everyone for making the last part of 2017 great for me.

Thank you to Paul Archipley and the rest of my new Beacon family for taking a chance on a scrawny kid who grew up reading their papers.

I want to thank my friends and family for their continued support and love.

And I want to thank all of our readers for making my life far more interesting than it has been.

Please, keep the tips, criticisms, appreciation and letters to the editor coming.

Happy New Year everyone, and let’s make 2018 the best year yet.

Author Bio

Brandon Gustafson, Editor, Mukilteo Beacon

Brandon Gustafson was named editor of the Mukilteo Beacon in October, 2017. Born and raised in Mukilteo, Brandon attended Mukilteo Elementary, Olympic View Middle School, and Kamiak High School, graduating in 2013. After high school, Brandon attended Shoreline Community College, earning his associate's degree while playing for the school's baseball team. He then transferred to the University of Washington, where he graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in communications-journalism.

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