Letters for the week of Aug. 21
Close Rosehill sooner on Sundays
Editor, The Beacon:
I live at 917 3rd St.
On Aug. 11 at 10:45 p.m. my husband and I were riven from sleep by explosions coming from the Rosehill Community Center. My heart was pounding as I realized that what we were hearing were actually fireworks.
I am assuming that these illegal fireworks were set off in conjunction with a wedding, as our stop sign at 3rd Street and Loveland Avenue was sporting wedding decorations that day.
Residents of Old Town have a right and expectation to enjoy their homes and property without undue noise emanating from a municipally owned and managed property such as Rosehill.
We are particularly disturbed that this event occurred on a Sunday evening, when many of us were trying to get a good night's sleep before starting the work week.
Many of the residents in Old Town are older – imagine how you would feel if you were elderly and heard these explosive sounds in the middle of the night AND had a heart attack as a result.
Hmmm. Who would be liable?
We are disappointed that the majority of our electeds, have chosen to ignore our pleas and insist upon keeping Rosehill open until 11 p.m. on Sundays. PLEASE revisit this issue and do right by us – close Rosehill at 9 p.m. on Sundays.
We’re negative for a reason
To the letter writer who accused City Councilmember Kevin Stoltz of being negative, here's a newsflash: When one is commenting on the behavior of Mayor Joe Marine, it is impossible for some negativity not to creep in.
You mentioned the following [“A critique of the critic,” The Beacon, Letters, page 4, Aug. 14]:
• The mayor’s development of Lighthouse Park – Which we residents cannot get near due to the crowds. The Police Department does though, to handle all the parking fights, drug use, etc. I would rather my police department be dealing with crime in the community and not at the Lightouse Park. Way to go, Joe.
• The Rosehill Community Center – Did he do that single handedly? My, I have underestimated him!
• Our police department has ALWAYS been professional; it didn’t miraculously change because of Joe.
And you failed to mention his ramrod hiring of a questionable candidate for Public Works director, one accused of sexual discrimination in Okanogan County. Sorry, can’t put a positive spin on that.
My taxes have continued to go up in order to pay for Joe's "projects." Maybe he can give us taxpayers respite from his show boating.
We are tired of projects that attract people from outside the city, increasing crime in the area and that serve us and our families very little, if at all.
Kevin has tried to make this council more accountable to the people who voted them in. Same for City Councilmember Steve Schmalz. Councilmember Jennifer Gregerson will do the same.
So, let’s just say no to Joe. Mayor Gregerson... it has a ring.
Kevin Stoltz a man of integrity
I want to make a positive comment during this year’s city election.
I met City Councilmember Kevin Stoltz many years ago and continue to find him one of the finest people I have ever known.
An independent professional, he is extremely intelligent and keenly observant.
Kevin is wise. He understand that “What’s in it for ME is what’s in it for WE.”
Most importantly, Kevin has the right values. Honesty, respect, fairness and empathy make Kevin extremely trustworthy.
As a councilmember, he has worked diligently for years pursuing the public good at a time when elected officials received embarrassingly little financial support for the long hours spent.
During this time of service, Kevin has had the courage to speak his mind clearly on important issues that will define this community’s best interest for years to come.
So, not surprisingly, if these times require “negativity,” then Kevin speaks to negativity. He is insistent that civic leadership be defined both by integrity and the absence of promotional self-interest.
There has been much commentary about civic virtue in our press recently. Certainly, in a free society, people are entitled to speak their own mind. There always will be differences in opinion.
But, in my opinion, the few letters recently received by The Beacon that are hypercritical of Kevin Stoltz simply do not reflect fact or an accurate review of history. They are, on the whole, rubbish.
To those few who speak so vociferously against members of Mukilteo’s government, [The Beacon, Letters, page 4, July 31) I suggest they take history lessons, then run for office.
Let’s see how you do.
Kevin Stoltz is a positively marvelous man. We should be grateful for his service to Mukilteo.
E. Scott Casselman, MD,
Get your facts straight
Your story seemed to be slanted toward how the city justifies the project [“Old Town residents not happy with chip seal,” The Beacon, front page, Aug. 14].
The mayor and Rob McGaughey told me and the other six people on the street that the cost of chip seal was $6 per yard, not $3.60 as printed. Big difference.
PLEASE GET THE FACTS ON THIS!!!
The city accountant that was with the mayor was questioning the true cost. Ask him, get it right before publishing.
I was the only resident quoted, and I sounded more like a complainer than a concerned citizen that had to go to the mayor and the city to address the mistake of stopping the project in front of my house.
The lady that pointed out that our city pays a higher tax rate than most cities comment was missed.
Her point, my point, Mukilteo citizens’ point is that we are not cities Lynnwood, Shoreline, Enumclaw and Mountlake Terrace that pay lower taxes and have chip seal.
Gee, Joe, if every year residents complain and it takes a year for them to get over it, maybe you should listen.
And as for Rob and Joe who say, “After a couple of weeks, people forget about it.” We won’t forget about it on election day.
I asked Public Works Director Rob McGaughey in a follow-up interview to compare the cost of chip seal vs. asphalt overlay. He said chip seal costs $3.57 per square foot, up from about $3 back in 2007, so I put $3.50 in the story.
Due to space constraints, the printed story was edited down so that Jim Pompeo was the only commenter. However, he was not the only concerned resident I interviewed. I collected comments from two other residents, in addition to those made during the discussion at Clover Court.
An expanded story with more residents’ comments is posted on our website at www.mukilteobeacon.com. -Ed.
Chip seal an ‘ugly’ alternative
I want to lend my voice to those who are critical of the chip seal – yes, it is ugly.
The garbage trucks have torn it up and it has already been replaced on our street once. It is very painful to fall on, as the little rocks scrape your skin and the chips get imbedded in your skin.
I complained about this before to Mr. McGaughey and was told people are not supposed to play on the road. Hey, we have to ride bikes on the road. Neighbors gather in the cul-de-sac to watch their children play.
Lost: $2 bill with sentimental message
I need your help. A sentimental $2 bill was inadvertently spent around 2 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the 7Eleven on the 8400 block of the Mukilteo Speedway. My mother gave it to my grandmother before she died in 1979.
The bill had a handwritten message on it from my deceased mom, saying something like "Mom, here's $2 for you, so that you are never without cash, Love Janie." It is very, very sentimental.
My grandmother kept it in her wallet all these years, but she passed away this month, and so now I had it.
I went to the 7Eleven, but they had already given it to a customer as cash back. I will buy it back, plus a reward, if you have it.