Make your voice heard l Editor's Note

 

December 12, 2018



Aside from when I was on vacation just the other week, I attend every Mukilteo City Council meeting.

I pay close attention to the agenda well in advance so I have an understanding of what will be discussed and get a feel for what may be newsworthy, although many times, something else comes up and, what do you know? I have a new lead story for that week’s paper.

When I look through the agenda, I often try to think whether Mukilteo residents will come by to voice their opinion on a particular topic.

Most of the time, the seats are empty.

One resident, former Councilmember Charlie Pancerzewski, attends nearly every meeting, and sometimes a few other residents filter in and out as the night goes on, but attendance for the most part is very poor.

I understand that these are streamed online, and that you can watch from the comfort of your own home, but unless you’re in contact with a councilmember or councilmembers, you’re missing out on the chance to voice your opinion.

I hear from readers all the time about their opinions on various city government topics, such as the Peace Park, the council retaining outside legal help, the ferry terminal project, and so on.

I post our stories on our social media platforms and pay close attention to Facebook comments.

I take calls and emails where people ask me questions, tell me what they think.

While I love talking with our readers about topics like this, I would love to see those same people at council meetings, telling their elected officials what they think.

We have residents tell us all the time that they feel their voices and opinions aren’t heard from their local government.

One way to change that almost immediately would be to attend a meeting where a topic you’re particularly passionate about is on the agenda. You only have a few minutes to talk, but those few minutes could make a large impact.

Mukilteo’s elected officials have a tough job, but from everything I’ve seen, they truly seem to have the interest of the city’s residents in mind, even if they don’t always see eye-to-eye with their fellow councilmembers. They’re doing what they think is best for the city and its residents.


The year is winding down, the budget will likely be passed next Monday, and things will slow down for the holidays, but I hope that in 2019 I see some more people in the chambers of Mukilteo City Hall ready to talk about what they’re passionate about.

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.

Email: mukilteoeditor@yourbeacon.net
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