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 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

The boy who lived, and other fun facts | Chuck's World

All of us will occasionally find ourselves standing in the kitchen, wondering why we went in there. In the age of COVID, I'm pretty sure this happens a lot. This has led me to... — Updated 9/22/2020

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Traveling through those darkest stages | Darn Wright

National Suicide Prevention week, Sept. 6 to Sept. 12, reminded us the number one cause of suicide is untreated depression. But on the positive side, around 85% of individuals who... — Updated 9/22/2020

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The insanity of gas pricing | Off Kilter

There are a lot of things that make perfect sense, economically. Likewise, there are a lot of things that do not. I got to thinking about this earlier this week as I read about... — Updated 9/22/2020

 By Jana Hill    Opinion

Moving toward better days | Editor's Note

Now that the skyline looks like a white sheet and breathing is difficult when walking to the mailbox, my outlet is abruptly removed. I run. If my mindset has moved between stressed... — Updated 9/18/2020


City called out for unresolved issues | Letter to the Editor

Editor’s note: This letter was sent to the Mill Creek City Council Aug. 24. An open letter to the Mill Creek City Council: Are our budget problems all the fault of COVID-19? How did we get here? We are all proud of Mill Creek and... — Updated 9/11/2020

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Remembering the unifying impact of 911 | Darn Wright

The UNITED states. September! The month when together we travel back to that infamous 11th day of 2001. Over the past two years I have opened parts of my Pentagon 9-21 to... — Updated 9/11/2020

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Just humor me for a moment | Chuck's World

My grandson is nearly 7 years old, a remarkable child in many ways, bright and curious, but also very much a normal kid. By which I mean he’s discovered puns, right on time. I’m... — Updated 9/11/2020


Jerry Seinfeld is back, with a new show | Off Kilter

Jerry Seinfeld has been producing (and starring) in a “made for streaming” television program called "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," on Netflix. As if Seinfeld needed any additional net worth (his current net worth is... — Updated 9/11/2020

 By Jana Hill    Opinion

'I hear you ...' | Editor's Note

Wet hair, pregnant sister, aunt with cancer. Call my people, and get to work. That fragmented thinking was my head, on Sept.11,2001. I was editor for the Mill Creek Enterprise, and... — Updated 9/11/2020

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

No silver bullets, just silver linings | Chuck's World

Whatever this is, I’ve been doing it for five months now. And so have you, obviously. While the “same storm, different boats” concept is also obvious, five months is enough ti... — Updated 9/11/2020


Guest View | Council: Your job is to find solutions

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent by Mill Creek resident Glenda Tecklenburg with signatures from 50 other concerned residents to members of the City Council. We need answers to the excellent reporting by the Mill... — Updated 9/11/2020

 By Paul Archipley    Opinion

Publisher's Desk | Poor decisions at City Hall are nothing new

The citizens of Mill Creek are being ill-served by their local elected officials. When we launched our first Mill Creek Beacon edition six years ago, we were shocked to discover that Mayor Pam Pruitt was writing news stories about... — Updated 9/11/2020

 By Jana Hill    Opinion

Editor's Corner: Getting the Band Back Together

Hello, Mill Creek readers – I am, once again, your editor. I was last an editor for Mill Creek readers in 2002. I was at the Enterprise, a community newspaper then owned by the Washington Post. Back then, I worked alongside the... — Updated 8/25/2020

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Home tools and appliances | Off Kilter

This column will firmly establish me as a curmudgeon. Why? Because I’m going to complain about all the labor saving devices we have in and around our homes. Let’s start with... — Updated 8/23/2020

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

What I did on my summer vacation | Chuck's World

We would have stayed home this summer, pandemic or not. It’s what we do in the summers, and we have reasons. And the biggest one is that, after nearly 40 years of living in... — Updated 8/21/2020

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Pandemic doesn't stop our community spirit | Darn Wright

As we walk or jog around Mill Creek, one often goes by a bequeathed memorial bench, remembrances plaque, memorial tree, art piece, picnic table, or flagpole. This community... — Updated 8/21/2020

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Going postal: Good noise pollution

In 1989, the U.S. military went into Panama to extract an installed dictator, Manuel Noriega. There is much to this story that every American should know, but that is another story. Because Noriega was able to get himself to the... — Updated 8/21/2020

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Golf again! Hooray! | Off Kilter

May 6 was the second day of the re-opening of our Washington state golf courses. So of course, two of us ventured out to play 18 holes. First mistake, if you are going out for the... — Updated 8/12/2020

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

No silver bullets, just silver linings \ Chuck's World

Whatever this is, I’ve been doing it for five months now. And so have you, obviously. While the “same storm, different boats” concept is also obvious, five months is enough ti... — Updated 8/12/2020

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Darn Wright | Uproot what is being sowed

I am willing to guess when we ask our citizens what form of government we have, the majority would say a democracy. But this is not what we pledge allegiance to our flag by saying,... — Updated 8/7/2020


Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer | "I don't want to talk to you"

Emily: Hey, Paul. I’ve had a tough time with government transparency in the City of Mill Creek since February when the Beacon began reporting on the former police chief being on administrative leave. Not only with public records... — Updated 8/7/2020

 By Emily Gilbert    Opinion

Editor's goodbye

I took a look at the Nov. 15, 2019 issue of the Beacon before I began writing this. Why? It was my first issue as the editor and reporter of the Beacon, so I was wondering what I had written to introduce myself to all of you. Back... — Updated 8/7/2020


Our Schools | Fall 2020

I want to thank the community for the input we have received as we planned for how school will look this September. There have been many factors to consider, some which change week to week. We need a plan that is adaptable as... — Updated 8/7/2020


Scandalous music of the generations

Paul: Hey Emily, I happened to catch a re-run of the fundraiser “A Concert for COVID-19 Relief” the other night. The telethon megaconcert featured a bunch of big-name Northwest musicians, including Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By Mary Kay Voss    Opinion

Guest View | It just keeps getting worse

Gee, I hate to mention this, but the City of Mill Creek is at it again. Not laying off employees in the middle of the night, with no notice, or getting another lawsuit thrown at them. No, they have decided they need a new website.... — Updated 7/24/2020


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