Letters for the week of Jan. 30
Tired of voting on levies
Editor, The Beacon:
I am tired of paying more taxes. I am tired of voting on levy after levy.
Instead of yet another vote to fund the Japanese Gulch purchase through another levy, how about letting the property sell to a private investor and allowing for development, either commercial or as a park?
The additional tax revenue would be more welcome to the community than the funding of a park that would only be used by a handful of Mukilteo residents.
The vision of an ecological preserve through the rose-colored glasses of the Japanese Gulch Group will have to be paid for by each and every one of us, both for the initial purchase of the land and the annual upkeep fees, via user fees or a continual tax on our residences.
I for one will not drive to the very north part of town for a quick walk through the park. I would bet many other residents feel the same way, as this park will really only be used by people that live nearby.
Please, members of the Mukilteo City Council, enough of allowing ballot measures to put yet another vote for the Japanese Gulch. I am tired of having my wallet lightened.
Mukilteo packs 8,300 Christmas boxes
I wanted to write to thank fellow Mukilteo residents who generously gave of their time and means to help impact thousands of hurting kids this Christmas.
Together we were able to pack more than 8,300 shoeboxes – filled with toys, school supplies and basic necessities – for Operation Christmas Child. Our packed shoebox gifts, joined by millions of others, are now on their way to needy children in 100 countries.
During the 2012 collection season, Operation Christmas Child reached a milestone – more than 100 million children have been impacted by the power of a simple gift since 1993.
I would like to thank the volunteers at our local collection sites and all those who packed a shoebox gift. For many of the children who receive these gifts, this shoebox will be the first gift they have ever received.
Although our local drop-off locations here in Mukilteo are closed, gifts are received year-round at Samaritan’s Purse by mailing them to 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, N.C., 28607.
There are also year-round volunteer opportunities available to serve with Operation Christmas Child. Find out how you can use your gifts and talents to make a difference in children’s lives around the world by visiting www.samaritanspurse.org or by calling 253-572-1155.
Thank you again to everyone who participated in this project. A simple gift, packed with love, can communicate hope and transform the lives of children worldwide.
Northwest Regional Director,
Operation Christmas Child
2013 legislative session off to a rocky start
This year’s state legislative session began with a takeover, the likes of which hadn’t been seen in our state in more than 100 years. Two conservative Democrats joined with the Republicans to create a 25-24 majority and seize control of the Senate.
Leaders of the new majority say their goals are to promote bipartisanship, collaboration and a near-equal sharing of power, but their initial actions did not match their words. Their plan was drafted in secret and passed on the floor over our objections after they rejected our counterproposal for a more evenhanded alternative.
More importantly, they gave themselves a 13-8 majority on the Senate Rules Committee – the committee that ultimately decides whether a bill actually makes it to the floor for a vote. That will make it hard to move any legislation without Republican approval.
That said, I am hoping for the best and remain focused on moving forward actively on issues that are important to our district and our state.
Voters spoke loud and clear in the last election on the need for common-sense solutions that reflect mainstream middle-class values, and you can count on me to wage that fight robustly.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve!
Sen. Paull Shin
21st Legislative District
City needs to attend to drainage, sewage issues
According to a Jan. 9 article, the city declared an emergency following a break in a storm line in December just of 63rd Place W. [“Mudslide cause for emergency repairs,” The Beacon, front page].
A mudslide occurred on Dec. 17 near the intersection of 92nd Street S.W. and 63rd Avenue W. that pulled a storm line from a catch basin causing water to spill out and add to the slide.
The article also noted, "the same hillside had failed in 2011, due to a major mudslide disrupting a sewer main line and power line.” The area of this wastewater treatment plant has a long, troubled history.
A contributing source to the slides noted in this article was "grass and lawn clippings,” which have caused that area to become wetter. It is evident that there are more serious issues going on than grass and lawn clippings. Let's blame the victims.
And, true, Washington is experiencing more rain and warmer climate, according to reports. All the more reason to properly address and enforce storm and sewer drainage issues now, unpermitted and failing side sewers, illegal drainage and septic tanks, and the increase in vector activity/vector spread disease and pathogens brought on by standing water, leaking sewage and warmer climate.
According to the Dec. 5 Mukilteo Water and Wastewater District Board of Commissioners meeting minutes, an item declaring an emergency at the Big Gulch Waste Water Treatment facility had been added: Resolution of the "Gabion Wall Failure.”
That roadway is essential to the operation of the wastewater treatment plant and must be maintained to allow biosolids hauling trucks entry and exit. A comment was made on how quickly the gabion wall was deteriorating.
At any rate, I saw this roadway through the gated fence following the most recent slide. Much of what was viewable, covered in plastic.
It certainly concerns me that operation/maintenance crews and the trucks that are required to haul biosolids out and over this failing road, and that the wastewater treatment facility has been experiencing so many slides, failures and exceedences.
More immediate attention needs to be given to properly addressing and enforcing drainage/sewer issues, especially with the high bacteria counts and closures of Mukilteo beach (former article, “Mukiteo beach gets F grade,” front page, Sept. 5) that seem to be becoming more frequent.
If anyone cares to know the truth about biosolids (sewage sludge) and the devastating ecological and health effects, check out articles by Jim Bynam and Gail Bynam, Ph.D.