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Letter to the Editor: New Police Chief White is ready and capable to lead the department

As a citizen, resident, and volunteer of Mill Creek, I am very pleased with the choice our city manager made for our new chief of police, Stan White. He is a dedicated police officer who will put forth all his effort to create a... — Updated 11/11/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

The expanding, enduring ways of a dad | Darn Wright

In 1910, the USA began to actively have a special day for papas, and with this came Father’s Day. This time was put aside to recognize the important roles fathers play in the... — Updated 6/10/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Who is a law-abiding citizen? | Darn Wright

“If you pass gun laws, you’ll be taking away guns from law-abiding citizens.” That is the common mantra from many who do not want any common-sense gun safety laws. This... — Updated 6/3/2022


The only Coastie to receive the Medal of Honor | Darn Wright

This coming Aug. 4, those who served in our country's oldest federal government organization will be celebrating their 1790 founding. Even with their long 231-years-old U.S. Coast... — Updated 6/3/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Winning should be accepted with modesty | Darn Wright

For a lot of us, our phones’ alert signal will be going off early on the morning of June 4, 2022. The “pop-up” will, reinforce it’s the day we have been on “pin and... — Updated 5/25/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

What would a 'reasonable and prudent' person believe? | Darn Wright

It is just unreasonable to have a justice system because the word “justice” is hopelessly undefinable. In my 40-plus years of working in the various portions of our judicial... — Updated 5/13/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Open up your curtains to the world | Darn Wright

Many of us know the saying “any excuse will work.” With this jingle ringing in your minds, what are the excuses you use to motivate you to make your bed and open your curtains... — Updated 5/6/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Saddle-up and go for an equestrian scholarship | Darn Wright

Darn Wright Chuck Wright My findings support Washington has a horse population around 250,000, making it home to the third most horses in the western half of the United States and... — Updated 4/29/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Motherhood in their own words | Darn Wright

May 13 is Mother’s Day, and this special day is set aside to honor all our mothers. “We’re not spending a day apart until (Alexis Olympia is) 18…When I’m too anxious I... — Updated 4/29/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

We must reduce alcohol abuse | Darn Wright

When I read our nation's stories about alcohol dependency I drifted back to that historical day of Dec. 18, 1620. For those who do not remember that's when the Mayflower landed in w... — Updated 4/19/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Now, why didn't I think of that?

Ever since my Darn Wright column in the June 21, 2021, Mill Creek Beacon, “Sunnier times means pickleball time,” hit the newsstand, pickleball has been a hot topic. I discussed... — Updated 1/20/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Names and statues must empower our values

Standing inside of St. Mary's Anglican Church in Battersea, London, looking at the crypt and then looking up at the stained glass window that had a colorful side view of a general i... — Updated 1/12/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

The plane truth about Paine Field's noise

It was a dark and dreary 3 a.m., and I was drifting in and out of sleepiness when I again felt those unsettling piercing engines from another one of those landing airships. My... — Updated 1/6/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Taking control by smartly challenging your principles

2021 was an isolationist year full of “don’t do this,” rather than “do this.” Maybe 2021 will go down into our history books as “The Lost Year”? With those “Lost... — Updated 12/31/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Strong winds and big waves | Moment's Notice

“Don’t let people pull you into their storm. Pull them into your peace.” – Maya Angelou This past Sunday morning, our 11-year-old dog, Lulu, took on the strong winds and... — Updated 12/29/2021

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Are you a real Christmas aficionado?

Get your pencil in hand. Or better yet, get your indelible pen and paper out and take this Christmas quiz to verify that you can pass as one of the greatest Christmas aficionados!... — Updated 12/23/2021

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Christmas can be a time of mixed emotions

Are you, or is someone you know, missing a deceased love one or a beloved pet more than usual? During this time of year, do you feel out of sync with the rest of the world? It's... — Updated 12/22/2021

 By Mike Gold    Opinion


I’m sure we all remember as kids the night before Christmas. There is that unbridled joy and expectation when you go to sleep on Dec. 24. As I was an only child, I did not have the extra joy of having either brothers or sisters... — Updated 12/17/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

You'll go down is history (like George Washington)?

The other night, at a small but very lively holiday party that began with stories of pandemic life and gratitude for some of the simplest of things, most of the guests became embroi... — Updated 12/17/2021

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Like rivers, local roads have changed course

Everyone knows about the Titanic. Almost no one has heard of the Sultana. The Titanic sinking claimed more than 1,500 souls. It was worldwide news. But 50 years earlier, the... — Updated 12/17/2021


Behavioral health coping strategies focus on resilience this holiday season

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) recognizes this holiday season may bring with it some unique emotional challenges. While some may be celebrating renewed opportunities for reconnecting, others may still be grieving... — Updated 12/17/2021

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Becoming a Santa team member

Over the decades there have been many supportive Santa letters, and here is one of those many. I have taken the liberty to shorten this Santa team member’s support letter that... — Updated 12/17/2021


Flyin Tacos; tasty tots at the market

As readers of this column may know, we recently went on a few searches for good pizza in the area and called it the "Pizza Chronicles." The title was inspired by a fantastic show... — Updated 12/10/2021

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Music and musicians

OK, first I need to say that my father was a professional musician (piano). Why is that important? Because musicians, at least several dozen I met or worked with over the years,... — Updated 12/10/2021

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Post offices and the past

Did you ever play post office? I never did, and had no idea of the rules until doing some research on local post offices. A town was measured by its post office, as much as by its... — Updated 12/10/2021


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