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Letters: Paine Field, assistance, and senior issues


Last updated 6/6/2018 at Noon

FAA Environmental Assessment is an opportunity

As I'm sure your readers are aware of by now, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has decided to do a supplemental environmental assessment into Paine Field commercial terminal flights.

This supplemental environmental assessment may take six months, and possibly 18. Considering my excruciating experience with commenting on multiple environmental assessments and environmental impact studies, I expect closer to 18.

In fact, as much as I'm excited for the new terminal, I publicly hope for 18. Every month of FAA study means another month for Community Transit to get on with providing convenient, anti-congestion transit service from that terminal to the city of Mukilteo via the Future of Flight.

The earliest Community Transit can be responsible would now be September of 2019, and more likely March of 2020 - short of an operating grant from the State of Washington.

Considering Island Transit gets a special operating grant for a couple of routes, providing similar state financial aid to run a bus route on state highways to connect a ferry terminal with a transit hub is precedented.

Furthermore, there will be a public comment period during this supplemental environmental assessment.

It would only be beneficial for impact mitigation for as many citizens of America to submit comments and to also ask for a comment period extension.

This is literally the last chance for ample mitigation to keep the Paine Field and Mukilteo communities best friends for decades to come.

Joe A. Kunzler

Skagit County

Thanks for helping my family

I am writing to say thank you to one of our local small business owners, Matt Martin of State Farm Insurance.

My mom was in a car accident a few months ago that was not her fault and yet the insurance company representing the person who hit my mom argued and bullied my mom to try and get her to admit that it was at least partially her fault and take a settlement for much less than the accident repair would cost.

All this even though the police report clearly stated the other driver was at fault and the other driver admitted her fault.

Matt took up the fight and helped my mom through the months-long process to get the settlement she was entitled to receive.

Matt has not only been our insurance agent for many years, but he is also our friend.

I believe that we received excellent customer service above and beyond because Matt is part of our community as a small business owner. He lives here and cares about our community and his customers.

So next time you are out shopping, remember to shop local and support our own Mukilteo-owned businesses.

It can make a difference when you least expect it!

Thanks Matt for going the extra mile.

Debra Bordsen


Thoughts on senior issues

I want to thank the Mukilteo Senior Citizens for hosting another successful breakfast. I especially enjoyed the visit from longtime Mukilteo supporter and Snohomish County Councilman Brian Sullivan. It is nice to have leaders in our community that demonstrate a continued commitment to delivering on the promises that they make.

Now that the filing week has passed, it means that campaign season is again upon us. This is the familiar time when we hear promises of a better future, and efforts made to persuade our votes. It concerns me that many of these efforts include attempts to get us excited for change but are then dismissed once the campaign is over.

For example, during the mayoral race last year, our mayor took the respectful position of creating a diversity committee to move our city in a more welcoming direction. A meeting was convened in which I attended and a commitment was made to follow up and continue the conversation with those in attendance.

To this day I am unaware of any follow up or any plans forward to continue the work that was started last fall. Mukilteo has a growing percentage of minority residents and they will play a vital role in our economic and cultural presence.

We need more opportunities for conversation and networking with our leadership on diversity and senior issues. I am confident that if we work together we can achieve far more than if we don’t.

Commitments and promises form the foundation of trust that without make it impossible to continue our confidence in our elected leadership. I understand that our mayor has indicated to many sources that she is considering a run for the County Council next year, and I only hope that she delivers on her commitments to Mukilteo before she asks me to consider voting for her next move up the political ladder.

Strong leadership encourages minorities to get involved and participate in civic affairs.

I encourage and ask Mayor Gregerson to work with us to advance our common goal of moving Mukilteo forward. All generations and cultures considered, and promises kept!

James Yoo



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