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 By Pam Pruitt    Opinion    January 17, 2020 

Snow, snow and more snow

What a difference the right city manager can make. Last February, the City’s response to the extreme snow event was anemic at best. It wasn’t all the City’s fault. According to WSDOT, half of its plowing equipment was out of service. Even our...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion    January 17, 2020 

Chuck's World | Living with the big chill

It’s a little cold, which is as cold as it gets where we live. To be fair, I mean. This region hasn’t seen single-digit temperatures in decades, and it’s not likely to in the future. We live in a relatively mild climate, and the earth appears...

 
 By Chuck Wright    Opinion    January 17, 2020 

Darn Wright | Walking out of the shadows

It was all around me, but it was subtle in our household. My mother was an Oklahoman southerner who was raised by a father who “had to be a KKK member if he wanted to stay in business.” My mom’s views were, “individually ‘those people...

 

Looking back, looking forward, looking up | Chuck's World

Three years ago, I thought I was so smart. It was a bad year, that one. Not only did a presidential election roil us in 2016, unleashing spasms of disbelief and nastiness, but we lost a bunch of people along the way. Beginning with the deaths of...

 

Ciaravino's belated Christmas gifts need more debate | Darn Wright

Just in time for a belated Christmas, our new Mill Creek City Manager, Michael Ciaravino, has proposed that our elected officials on city council give him a few late Christmas gifts. Of course, I am just guessing that it’s Ciaravino’s belief...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    January 3, 2020

Being an athlete | Off Kilter

I’m certain that every little boy envisions themselves becoming the next Russ Wilson or Tom Brady. I can recall as a young man playing touch football on an empty lot in Brooklyn. It was a very small leap from playing this local game to imagining...

 

Saltzman's Top 10

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe we are halfway through the school year. I cannot wait to see what possibilities and opportunities 2020 has in store for our students! We have many things to be proud of in our schools. In light of the New Year...

 

Darn Wright | Wall of Confucianisms or Yogi-isms

On a 48-degree, normal rainy, grayish-white sky day, and being a real Washingtonian, I walked into the Town Center’s Starbucks wearing my summer shorts. When I entered I immediately walked to a table and sat down in a chair so that my back would...

 

Mayor's Corner | Thank yous and updates

Holiday tree lighting Thank you to everyone who came to our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. I hope everyone had an opportunity to enjoy all festivities throughout Mill Creek Town Center. Thank you, Heidi Butz, for orchestrating so many of the...

 

Chuck's World | The golden ticket is only a little gray

There are at least two axioms that I rely on in this life. There might be a few more. It’s possible there’s a box in the garage marked “axioms” that I’ve forgotten about. There’s a lot of stuff in the garage. But these are two truths...

 

Off Kilter | Christmas - left coast vs. right coast

Having lived on both the East and West coasts, I’ve had an opportunity to observe some holiday season differences. In fact, there is a considerable difference during the holidays on the East Coast between the Northeast and the Southeast...

 

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...

 

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...

 

An ugly betrayal on the issue of Paine Field

Jim Shelden is a former Mill Creek resident who has followed the Paine Field debate since 1988. He has more than 40 years experience in the airline/aviation business....

 
 By Judy Weiser    Opinion    May 4, 2017

An important lesson on immigration from a foreign land

My adult daughter and I recently traveled to The Azores, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean about two hours by air from Portugal and four and half hours from Boston. Reading travel books and...

 
 By Chuck Wright    Opinion    June 22, 2015

Darn Wright

Mill Creek resident Chuck Wright is a licensed health professional and certified traumatic stress specialist....

 

Business Smarts

Andrew Ballard is an author, educator and president of a marketing firm in Mill Creek....

 
 By Bill Trueit    Opinion    May 2, 2015

Earth Matters

Bill Trueit is a teacher at Jackson High School, where he is an adviser to Jackson's Project Green Club. He closely follows environmental issues both locally and on a macro lev...

 

Mayor's Corner

This monthly column is written by Mill Creek Mayor Pam Pruitt and focuses on issues important to residents, as well as offering insight to what the City Council is up to. It reflects the personal views of the mayor and does not necessarily represent...

 
 By Staff    Opinion    February 17, 2012

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We sometimes use this space to offer our opinions on issues of the day....

 

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We want to know what you think. The Beacon welcomes letters to the editor. Email the Mukilteo editor at mukilteoeditor@yourbeacon.net, the Edmonds editor at edmondseditor@yourbeacon.net or the Mill Creek editor at millcree...

 
 By Guests    Opinion    February 12, 2012

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