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Letters: Concerns, response, Carpe Diem


Last updated 6/20/2018 at Noon

Is Khan qualified for state Senate?

The election cycle is again upon us and it is our responsibility as citizens to ask the difficult questions.

Today I would like to pose a question for those running for the 21st District Senator position.

I understand that there are several candidates who have filed for the position. Mr. Riaz Khan, most recently and multiple times in the past has ran unsuccessfully for city council.

As a voter I am somewhat confused as to the methodology behind such a significant change in positions from council to senate. As a citizen of Mukilteo, I do not have a clear picture of your mission and purpose of running for a Senate seat without winning any elective office in the past.

I would like to ask you what qualifications do you have to be a Senator.

I believe that to be an effective Senator, one must have some degree of experience in the art of political science, executive functions, leadership, and negotiations.

I am hopeful that you have those experiences in those fields mentioned above and would like to hear your positions on what it will take to move is forward.

If you are kind enough, please tell the citizens of Mukilteo what are your qualifications to be an effective Senator and how electing you as our next Senator can benefit the citizens of Mukilteo.

Thank you.

James Yoo

Mukilteo Citizen

Khan’s response

The highest qualification to be elected for any office a person should have is to be honest, trustworthy, and down to the earth.

I am a public servant. My work is my identity in the community.

Even though I served as a commissioner for Ethics Board at Snohomish County Government, Boeing-SPEEA union representative involved in negotiations, Key Communicator Advisory Group at City of Mukilteo, Ambassador for Labor council for Washington state and Snohomish County, Board of Director for YMCA at Mukilteo, Managing Director for a successful investment company, Lead Engineer at Boeing company, and many more.

I don’t want to compare my life with others. There’s no comparison between the sun and the moon. They shine when it’s their time.

Right now, I am a Democratic candidate with a strong, positive attitude under great leadership.

To be a good politician, a person should have common sense and be transparent to the American people and must know that there is no one above the law.

Riaz Khan


Carpe Diem indeed!

The Mukilteo police chief says it so well: “As a community, we should be able to come together to help each other out.” (‘Congrats Kamiak grads’ by Cheol Kang, Mukilteo Beacon, June 13, 2018)

This is true locally and globally. We all can succeed if we help each other. America needs your youth infusion into our democracy. Speak up, your voice matters.

Right now the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals will transform not only the world, but humanity by 2030. Join in.

Right now, the Reach Every Mother and Child Act can help end preventable deaths of millions of mothers and children in our world. Speak up to help it pass.

Right now, hunger is rampant in our country; you can change that.

Those who represent us in Congress are eager for your input. Write, call, or visit them, your voice matters. Not sure how? Groups like RESULTS ( are ready to help you learn.

Carpe diem.

Willie Dickerson


Problems with politicians

Still 87 and still writing letters and will continue to do so as long as I am able and as long as our politicians don’t or can’t get rid of this so-called President who has done so much damage to our country and has most of the world laughing (no, not laughing but going against us).

This letter is going out to all of the Senators and Representatives from Washington State and to about six newspapers in our state, whether they read it or not, I don’t know, but hopefully it will be passed on to everyone mentioned above.

I am wondering if Jeff Sessions or any of the other people that are for this kind of treatment went to another country and this same thing happened to them, would they then be for the same treatment? I think not!

Now, getting on to the G-7 Summit, well, that is something else. Why even go there?

It is another one of Trump’s mess-ups and one of many.

What are people in this country and also the rest of the world to do, nothing they can do, if our politicians can’t or won’t do anything? The people are just treading water.

Roy Johnson



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