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 By Pam Pruitt    Opinion    March 20, 2020 

Mayor's Corner | Something to cheer you up

Even with the coronavirus chaos, there are still a lot of good things happening in Mill Creek. Congratulations to Ethan Thong  The City Council has nominated Ethan Thong of Jackson High School as its representative for the Association of Washington...

 
 By Chuck Wright    Opinion    March 20, 2020 

Darn Wright | Self-quarantine fever

Almost 24 hours a day it’s discussed on every major television station. Our friends are constantly talking about it. Even when we are using social distancing, one can overhear others focused on it. What is it? Of course, it’s the novel coronaviru...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion    March 20, 2020 

Chuck's World | We're all untouchables now

I was standing in line this past weekend, watching a symphony of social unease played in a minor queue. There were just a few of us in line, and we were twitchy. I could be projecting. I could have been doing all the twitching by myself. It’s just...

 

Our Schools | School funding

Dear friends, I have been out in the community talking about our upcoming bond vote in April and have discovered there is a lot of confusion about how schools are funded. I would like to take I the opportunity to try and clarify a pretty complicated...

 
 By Chuck Wright    Opinion    March 6, 2020

Darn Wright | Hypocrisy is as American as apple pie

In all probability, it was in Rick Atkinson’s book “Day of Battle” where I read about a G.I. on the front lines during World War II who wrote home discussing the hypocrisy of many of his military leaders. From his foxhole, this grunt wrote...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    March 6, 2020

Off Kilter | Goosebumps and spectacles

The word spectacle is derived from the word spectacular. How does one know you are witnessing a spectacle? Easy, first and foremost you should feel a chill or goosebumps. That is your body telling you that you are seeing something special. Something...

 

Chuck's World | Life in the time of coronavirus

In June of 1972, right about the time I was finishing the eighth grade, the grown-ups were all talking about a dirty movie. This was “Deep Throat,” and it was a sign of the times, I’d heard, another indication of a rapid moral decay that matche...

 

Mayor's Corner | City update from the mayor

There are plenty of things going on in our city, and here are five that I wanted to highlight and share. Extended hours for passport services City Manager Michael Ciaravino has extended weekend hours at the Mill Creek City Hall passport counter. We...

 

Darn Wright | Our presidents are not equal

We are just coming off of celebrating Presidents Day so let’s look back at how this holiday came to be. The 1885 Congress established President George Washington’s Birthday, Feb. 17, as a national holiday. In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act...

 

Chuck's World | Watching the men and their flowers

I slipped in and out of the grocery store on Valentine’s Day, getting what I needed quickly and trying not to stare. It’s become an annual adventure, observing the mating rituals of the contemporary American male on the most desperate holiday hum...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    February 21, 2020

Off Kilter | The Academy Awards and other outrages

OK, I’ll admit it right off the starting mark. I can’t stand the over-blown, over-exposed, over-anticipated ceremony marking the annual pilgrimage of the world’s greatest “stars” to Hollywood. What do they do there? They give themselves...

 

Darn Wright | How do I love thee?

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” I believe love is an emotional process, which has many levels, and can be directed at many things. It also has the power to decrease one’s ability to reason. If my definition is even close to what...

 

Our Schools | Please support the school bond

Dear friends, in September 2018, Everett Public Schools board of directors asked that a community committee be established to determine the scope and size of a capital bond to be considered by district voters. This committee, consisting of over 30...

 

Chuck Sigars | A simple gift in a troubling time

I said goodbye to two old friends last week, although it was hardly sad, and not really goodbye anyway. A favorite television show ended, for one thing. I watched the finale and appreciated the elegant closure, although I wasn’t sorry. The time...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    February 7, 2020

Off Kilter | The future of television

Since the widespread implementation of the internet, many of the things that have been in our lives for 50 years or longer are undergoing a radical change. Television is one of them. I was a kid when wide-scale nationwide television became a...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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