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What to do with abandoned shopping carts? | Letter to the Editor

During last Tuesday's City Council meeting, the issue of abandoned shopping carts was discussed. Throughout this discussion, several ideas were brought up. Some were really good... — Updated 3/24/2023


If HB 1670 passes, plan on paying more taxes | Darn Wright

What the heck is House Bill (HB)1670, now in committee in the Legislature? It’s a tax increase bill. Here is some history around the no more than 1% property increase. In 2001, Tim Eyman, an anti-tax activist, filed an... — Updated 3/10/2023

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

A comedy turns into a national tragedy | Darn Wright

It's Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 20, and to help us reflect we'll go back to the time a comedy turned into a nation tragedy. John T. Ford was a risk-taking entrepreneur when, in... — Updated 3/8/2023

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

His end of watch hasn't ended | Darn Wright

A mentor and close friend died by suicide. There are just too many words, phrases, and sentences that run through my sad, but smiling head. My limited wordage is not even close to... — Updated 2/17/2023

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Let the Valentine's Day arrows fly | Darn Wright

Cupid draw back your bow And let your arrow go Straight to my lover's heart for me, for me. For many of us, Music Hall of Famer Sam Cooke's 1966 lyrics still can dance in our... — Updated 2/17/2023

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Opening the doors with education | Darn Wright

With open educational doors they are coming It was women’s rights actives Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) who challenged the male’s hypotheses that women are inheritably unable... — Updated 2/3/2023

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

The Holocaust told through 'stumbling stones' | Darn Wright

Jan. 27 marks the anniversary of the Russian Army's liberating the most murderous Nazi death camp: Auschwitz-Birkenau. Now, every year on that date, Holocaust Memorial Day... — Updated 2/3/2023

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Do you use Occam's razor? | Darn Wright

It's the start of 2023, and with our tradition of setting New Year's goals, darn right I have a suggestion. How about learning on how Occam's razor can be a tool for you? Many years... — Updated 1/24/2023

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

My Christmas train set sublimation | Darn Wright

The Department 56 seasonal tradition setup at Karen and Chuck's house is now going into its third decade. I guess, unconsciously, the seed was planted back when my parents were... — Updated 12/29/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Where would Christmas be without Ebenezer Scrooge? | Darn Wright

It was a normal English cold and hard-breathing smoky day when – 179 years ago, Dec.19, 1843 – people all over were reading, "Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt... — Updated 12/13/2022

 By Jim Miller    Opinion

Specialized moving services that help seniors downsize and relocate | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any businesses or services that specialize in helping seniors downsize and relocate? I need to find some help moving my mother from her... — Updated 12/9/2022


Delighted with 'Darn Wright' column | Letter to the Editor

Compliments and congratulations to Chuck Wright for his always entertaining and informative "Darn Wright" column. We knew Chuck during his career with the Department of Corrections, and are delighted to see him still sharing his... — Updated 12/9/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Think within your box | Darn Wright

The cliché says to get ahead you must think outside the box. But is this the best advice? Yes, we must be creative if we want to emerge above the horde. By turning to what you... — Updated 12/9/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Christmas myths and other dubious legends | Darn Wright

It's a BIG RED-letter day on our calendars and in our hearts. Since there are so many folklores and dubious legends about that special day of giving, we can ask: What do we truly... — Updated 12/9/2022


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


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