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 By Chuck Wright    Opinion    December 6, 2019 

DARN WRIGHT | A small lit Tannenbaum saved our Christmas

It was our hopeful time of night and everyone was leaving their half-moon shaped, corrugated, galvanized steel, 20 x 48 feet Quonset huts which we called “our hooches” that were a warm 70 degrees Fahrenheit. After making our way to our...

 

School Celebrations in Everett Public Schools

School Celebrations in the Everett School District What a wonderful time of year to express our thankfulness and celebrate the great happenings around us. We have some amazing things going on in our schools in the Mill Creek area. Performance Jackson...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Passing the $470 million school bond is integral to the future success of our town. The Snohomish School District school buildings are over 40 years old and, while our teachers do the best they can to provide an excellent education to...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion    December 6, 2019 

Chuck's World | The detritus of the digital age

I was rummaging through the universal hall closet the other day, which in my case was an actual closet. In your case, it could be something else. You’ve got one, though. It could be an envelope or a storage locker. It might be an attic or a basemen...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    December 6, 2019 

Off Kilter | The future of food retailing

A recent story about the Kroger supermarket group (Fred Meyer, QFC, Ralphs, and many others) is quite interesting. About 94% of Kroger revenue comes from food stores, so this announcement is a really big deal. Now when you read through what...

 

Hello from the new editor

Well it's been a whirlwind editing my first issue of the Mill Creek Beacon. I stepped into the role last week after the previous editor, Madeline Coats, moved over to the Mukilteo Beacon. I see this...

 

Mayor's Corner: thanks for another amazing Veterans Day

Honoring our Veterans Thank you to everyone who took the time to honor our veterans on Veterans Day. It is important to thank all those who have enlisted in the military, both in times of war and in peace. There may not have been a United States of A...

 

Chuck's World: The Nostadamus of 1953

Does the name Doug Forcett ring a bell? I’m not suggesting it should. I had to look it up, and I’m writing this thing. Doug Forcett is a minor character on the NBC sitcom “The Good Place,” which is now in its fourth and final season. I kept h...

 

Darn Wright: Mill Creekers deserve our perpetual thank you

On a yearly basis our city leaders are consistent with their formal rollout “thank you” to our city staff members and volunteers, but after doing their duty they go on with their daily Mill Creek jobs. One’s outlook and drive are often molded...

 

Off Kilter: Electronic Armageddon

I know this column will register with all of the readers. This week, I’d like to describe how our society is being transformed in how we communicate. Let’s start with e-mail. In the distant past (circa 1972 or so), the Merit Computer Network was...

 

Letter to the Editor: Fire District 7 response to levy vote

Snohomish County Fire District 7 wants to thank everyone who cast a ballot in the recent election. Turnout was low, and the outcome for our fire levy lid lift was not as we’d hoped. However, we appreciate everyone who participated in the process.... Full story

 

Editor's Corner | Our time together was short

Well, it was a fun 66 days with Mill Creek. Unfortunately, my time as editor has come to an end as I transition over to the Mukilteo Beacon. This was my first time working with a council-manager type of government and much was learned about the ways...

 

Off Kilter | Starbucks: Who needs them, and other 'status symbols'

OK, I’m prepared to get hammered by you Starbucks devotees. It’s the price of being counter cyclical. Why do I say “who needs them?” Here’s why: I get the Seattle grunge movement. You only have to live in Seattle (for us, 13 years this...

 

Our Schools | School District Celebrations and Safety

As the new superintendent of Everett Public Schools, I am pleased to have the opportunity to connect with Mill Creek and Bothell families that are so important to our district. I am starting my sixth month and am excited about what I have seen and...

 

Vote for Judge Okoloko, not Anna Alexander

As Director of the Snohomish County Office of Public Defense, I am proud of the work public defenders do for the accused and underprivileged. It is from that place that I concernedly write about representations made by Anna Alexander, candidate for...

 

Setting the record straight

I was disturbed to read a Oct. 24 letter to the editor regarding Anna Alexander, running for Superior Court Judge against incumbent Judge Edirin Okoloko. Ms. Alexander is portrayed as a champion of victims. I worked in the Snohomish County...

 

Retain Edirin Okoloko

I support retaining Judge Edirin Okoloko for Superior Court Judge.  I am a retired victim advocate who worked with domestic violence and sexual assault victims, survivors, and family members for 31 years in Snohomish County.  I have had the...

 

Darn Wright | A doggone good Veteran's Day tale

It was another grayish darkened day as they waited in the soupy muddy, varmint infested four-foot-wide trenches. Their hearts beating faster and faster as they waited for the sergeant’s whistle to blow, telling it was time to go over the head-high...

 

Chuck's World | Watching for the scary part

I should just take the week off. I don’t know anything about Halloween. Apparently I was sick the day they explained it. I understand the basics. I remember some fun Halloweens as a kid, going trick-or-treating as Zorro, as Superman, as a robot, an...

 

We support John Steckler

Our family has known John Steckler and his family as a neighbor, fellow cub/boy scout parents, and friends since 2002 after moving into the Parkside neighborhood of Mill Creek. We have observed and sometimes worked alongside John and his wife, Lisa....

 

Advertising expert Jim Pompeo joins Beacon team

Over the last five years, Coca-Cola has spent an average of $3.8 billion a year on advertising. Coffee is the most widely consumed beverage in America, yet Starbucks spends nearly $400 million...

 

Publisher's Desk | You too can fight domestic violence

Kim Goldman had brought extensive notes for a prepared speech she was going to give at the Hope Within Luncheon, a fundraiser for Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County that’s held annually during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. But...

 
 By Pam Pruitt    Opinion    October 18, 2019

Mayor's Corner | Elections coming up

If anyone said, “Give me 50% of your money and I will take care of you,” you'd be skeptical and ask a lot of questions. Between the School Board, Fire District, cities, county, state, federal government, and a multitude of other taxing...

 

Anna Alexander was our victim advocate

Our family has been victimized in a very personal way—our home was broken into, our personal effects ransacked, and irreplaceable, meaningful pieces of our family history, passed down to us from our dearly beloved grandparents, stolen. The...

 

John Steckler is a good man

I have known John Steckler personally for over 30 years and believe without a shadow of doubt that he is the best choice for Position 1 on the Mill Creek City Council. John is one of the hardest working and most conscientious people I know. He...

 

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