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 By Dr. Ian Saltzman    Opinion 

Our Schools | Schools are the heart of our community

It is hard to imagine a year ago this month, I became Superintendent of Everett Public Schools. At that time, I knew there were challenges with overcrowding and equitable access to learning spaces in our schools. I was ready for... — Updated 7/13/2020

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion 

Passing on our nation's DNA

On July 4 we came together and celebrated our democratic republic’s 244th birthday. Viewing this hallmark occasion, it is advantageous for us to review a small event that has led to the growth of our great USA. Activism is in our... — Updated 7/10/2020


Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer: Collective vs. individual rights

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek editor Emily Gilbert are at opposite ends of the generational gap. He is a Baby Boomer; she is a member of Generation Z. In this regular feature, they share their thoughts on issues of the... — Updated 7/10/2020


Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer: Thoughts on the Black Lives Matter Movement

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek editor Emily Gilbert are at opposite ends of the generational gap. He is a Baby Boomer; she is a member of Generation Z. In this regular feature, they share their thoughts on issues of the... — Updated 6/25/2020


Ok Boomer, Ok Zoomer | An editorial debut

Publisher Paul Archipley and Mill Creek editor Emily Gilbert are at opposite ends of the generational gap. He is a Baby Boomer (an odd designation for a senior citizen); she is a... — Updated 6/25/2020

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World: The smoker in the store

I have a funny story about Father's Day and this newspaper column, although it's possible I've told it before. It's also possible it's not funny. I'm pretty sure about the holiday. Eighteen years ago, I decided to write a column... — Updated 6/19/2020

 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Off Kilter: Insanity

The number of columns I have written is not really so interesting, but the things I’ve seen and heard while I’ve been writing newspaper columns really have, on occasion, brought me up short. Albert Einstein used to say,... — Updated 6/19/2020

 By Pam Pruitt    Opinion

Mayor's Corner: The virus is a disaster

As we wait for Phase 3, this virus is a medical and financial disaster.   Graduates Parade Thank you to City Manager Michael Ciaravino, his staff, and the many parents who helped put together the car parade to celebrate the 2020... — Updated 6/19/2020

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Darn Wright: Why are there no graduation cards?

Let us visualize together a highly frustrated male wandering around several local community shops, and then doing so throughout most of the “all service” stores. As he does, he chastised himself, “You must have overlooked... — Updated 6/19/2020


Letter to the Editor | Mill Creek Rotary helping with food donations

Many people are now aware that the food bank has about a one-day supply of food (rather than the three or more weeks in normal times). That means they are in constant need of donations. The Mill Creek Rotary is conducting Drives 4... — Updated 6/10/2020

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World | What the children know

I can revisit my childhood anytime I wish, dropping in at a moment’s notice, connecting with my earliest memories on a whim. I lived on Google Street, just two clicks from you. That’s where I find the past, anyway. I hop... — Updated 6/5/2020

 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Off Kilter | Stir Crazy

Okay, so how are we all managing with this coronavirus lock-down? For this family, rather well. My wife returned from Fred Meyer the other day with (wait for it!) toilet paper! I, on the same day, had a conversation with a... — Updated 6/5/2020

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Darn Wright | With his eyes wide-open

What would all the finger-chattering be by Twitter, if a successful community high school soccer coach was hired to be our Olympics swim team’s head coach? Now be realistic. What should we be asking if one of our elected... — Updated 6/5/2020


Our Schools | To 2020 graduates

Congratulations to an amazing class of seniors. You have dedicated 13 years of education to get to this point. Persistence and determination brought you this far and will continue to guide you into the future. You truly are a... — Updated 6/5/2020

 By Dean Ridings    Opinion

Guest View | Newspapers have your back

We're in the midst of a global pandemic, but its impact on America’s communities is local. First responders are our neighbors helping our neighbors, rushing to addresses just down the street, and taking the sick to the nearby... — Updated 5/19/2020

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World: The long walk, and the sounds of silence

My shorts were right where I left them last fall, rolled up on a bottom shelf. The warm weather had sent me off on a scavenger hunt for comfortable clothes that didn't resemble pajamas. Call it a momentary spark of self-respect.... — Updated 5/15/2020

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Darn Wright: Please do not leave me behind

As an Army medic veteran, oftentimes with great sadness, and now maybe more so with Memorial Day in focus, I am obsessed by a whispering, begging voice: “I was lost on the water, or on the battlefields. Please do not leave me beh... — Updated 5/15/2020


Guest View: COVID-19 or allergies? (How to Spot the Difference) 

It starts with a runny nose, then develops into a wheezing cough and red itchy eyes.  You panic – how do you know if you are experiencing symptoms from the dreaded COVID-19 or just your regular seasonal allergies?  Warmer... — Updated 5/15/2020

 By Pam Pruitt    Opinion

Moving forward despite a vicious virus

My personal appreciation goes to those of you who are practicing social distancing and wearing face covers. Not only are you protecting yourself, but you are also helping to keep the rest of us healthy. If we stick to it, the... — Updated 5/15/2020

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

Chuck's World | Warning: Column may contain salty language

Google knows what I'm up to. This shouldn't be a surprise, although I'm always surprised. Of course, any search engine worth its salt will recognize patterns, including (and maybe particularly) if one is looking up the meaning of... — Updated 5/1/2020

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Darn Wright | We carry our mom's voice everywhere

As the months are pulled from my calendar it seems I am turning more and more into my mother. Things she wanted me to learn are now creeping back into my daily thinking. How many of us have turned into our mothers?  I have often... — Updated 5/1/2020


Our Schools | Support for each other in uncertain times

In last month’s column, I stated in these challenging times we stand with you, and we will get through this together. I still believe that. But as this crisis continues to disrupt what we all thought of as our normal life, I... — Updated 5/1/2020

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Darn Wright | A super sleuth and his volunteer team

International DNA Day is on April 25. It is a day to commemorate when the scientific journal, Nature, in 1953 published James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and colleagues’ DNA papers that changed... — Updated 4/20/2020

 By Pam Pruitt    Opinion

Mayor's Corner | Getting through this together

Thank you to everyone who is staying indoors and practicing social distancing. We are starting to flatten the curve. In fact, we have been such good soldiers in the war on the virus that we are being rewarded with fewer... — Updated 4/17/2020

 By Marge Rhodes    Opinion

Book Club Corner | Beyond Books

Beyond Books was formed in July 2014, sponsored by the Mill Creek Women's Club. They currently have eight members that meet monthly in the afternoon at a member's home.   In... — Updated 4/17/2020


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