Letters for the week of March 7
Mukilteo’s growth as a city is amazing
I want to tell you that your town of Mukilteo has amazed me so much; of how it has grown in many ways in importance, in business places, etc. The students have come in to importance, as I read of the schools.
I came to live here in South Everett in 1950. Mukilteo was merely coming into prominence then. So much has taken place since then.
I commend your people for this growth. I am proud of you!
My daughter lives there and works; she teaches at Harbour Pointe. That is a way of my communication to your area. I like to read your newspaper – The Beacon.
My daughter is Brenda Thorsen, who is active in the lighthouse – in the historical society besides her work at the schools.
Mukilteo: good parking ground?
This is an open letter to my Mukilteo neighbors:
We have before us an opportunity to change our great town from a Good place to Park to a good place to camp, picnic, shop, eat and enjoy or waterfront. To accomplish this we have but three choices.
The first would be to move the ferry to Everett. This should be the last option, since Mukilteo is synonymous with the ferry.
Second would be to build a bridge. The eyebrows just went up, I know. But there are bridges around the world that span rougher waters and greater distances. Traffic would flow through town without back-ups.
The third could be Japanese Gulch. Please read all of this. Japanese Gulch would be used to bring ONLY CARS down for loading on a two-lane road (one way only), with no roads branching off for any reason. It could be landscaped beautifully for walking and riding bicycles!
Walk-on passengers would park at the top around Boeing and be bused to and from the ferry (loading and unloading). All trucks, motorcycles and buses would come down the Speedway with less pollution to Japanese Gulch.
All traffic coming off the ferry would go right up the Speedway, stopping only to shop and enjoy the peaceful Good place to Camp.
I know this last option is hard to except, but if we made sure it was done right, we could all be proud of what we have accomplished for generations to come.
Thank you for taking the time to read and consider these ideas.
Kudos for Senate’s support of DVS
On Tuesday, the Senate released its proposed supplemental budget, which made protecting victims of domestic violence a priority.
The Senate’s proposed budget preserves funding for domestic violence emergency shelters and other crucial social services, without shortening offenders’ prison sentences.
On a single day in 2011, Washington state domestic violence programs served 1,884 domestic violence victims, including providing 1,080 victims with emergency shelter or transitional housing, and 804 victims with non-shelter services, such as individual counseling, legal advocacy, and children’s support groups.
On that same day, Washington domestic violence programs were unable to meet the needs of 502 requests for services due to a lack of funding or resources.
Clearly, the Senate understands that further cuts to these life-saving services for domestic violence victims and their children would have grave consequences.
We appreciate the Senate prioritizing the protection of life-saving services for domestic violence victims. We hope the Legislature makes sure the final budget preserves these services for victims and their children.
Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County
Flags give feeling of pride
I would like to say thank you to whomever is responsible for all the flags flying at the intersection of our Speedway and Beverly Park Road. When I first saw them it gave me a great feeling of pride.
Now I find each time I drive south I am looking and hoping the flags will still be there. I am so grateful to be living in America. Let’s just hope we can soon get our country back on the right track.
God bless America!
Lois S. Stewart,
‘Preferred’ ferry option destroys the waterfront
I find it quite disheartening that the majority of city council (with the exception of Steve Schmalz and Kevin Stoltz) voted in favor of Point Elliot Option 1["Council: Elliot Point 1 is best," The Beacon, front page, March 7]. This ferry terminal option turns our waterfront into a four-lane highway and parking lot.
This fiasco will run parallel along the waterfront from the 525 Bridge all the way to the Boeing pier, costing $165 million of our taxpayer dollars, both federal and state.
It is also quite interesting that some of the councilmembers who voted for this option are proponents for saving Japanese Gulch. Mayor Joe Marine originally wanted a highway to run through Japanese Gulch to connect with the ferry when it moved. This road is still in the city's comprehensive plan, but hopefully one day it will be removed.
I am very disappointed in the councilmembers who want to protect this beautiful space (Japanese Gulch) and are in favor of destroying the waterfront. It is hypocritical, using catch phrases such "sustainability" and "saving the environment" in one breath and then paving over the waterfront, resulting pollution to the environment, natural resources, marine life and wildlife.
So next time councilmembers want to ban plastic bags or save a gulch, I will remember not to take them too seriously. Either you are for the environment or you are against it. Make up your minds!
Save our Sound and our green spaces. What's wrong for voting for both?
Christine Awad Schmalz,