Letters for the week of Sept. 18

Sep 18, 2013
Courtesy of: Mukilteo Library Sabine Lesher is the girl winner of the Mukilteo Library’s Bikes for Books Summer Reading Program. Kyle Yu (not pictured) is the boy winner of the Bikes for Books program.

Everything is relative

Editor, The Beacon:

This letter is in response to Mr. Iozzi's letter [“The truth about Mukilteo,” The Beacon, Letters, Page 4, Sept. 4].

Thank you very much, Mr. Iozzi, for putting things into perspective regarding life here in Mukilteo.  I, too, like living here in this beautiful city in the Puget Sound.

I have had the opportunity to live and work in a few countries as a volunteer teacher where the conditions are as you described regarding roads, homes and schools.My classroom size was 40+ as the norm rather than the exception and supplies were very limited.

I do love my country and enjoy the "creature comforts" which we have, but I learned a lot from my overseas experiences from the kind, caring people with whom I came in contact, who accepted me as I am.

They were just trying to make a living and take care of their families with what was available to them.

It was interesting that Mr. Iozza's letter followed the essay entitled, “Mukilteo: A beautiful, diverse place,” by seventh grader Katie Ross, who is the winner of the 2013 Mayor for a Day.

She described the advantages, as she sees them, of living in "this wonderful city called Mukilteo."


Norene Hogle,


Chip seal doesn’t get better with time

I read the recent letters in The Beacon with a bit of a smile on my face, as the citizenry gets to deal with the “chip seal” paving.

I live in the Saratoga Reach portion of Harbor Pointe. We were part of the initial project/testing of the chip seal.

It’s been well over five years now and we still hear the pelting in our wheel wells and we get to pick up tar rocks in our tennis shoes at the mailbox, which make nice black streaks on the kitchen floor or detach as tar balls in the carpet.

Just want to let the folks know what they have to look forward to in the future.

Terry Meyer,


Going cheap with chip seal

There have been numerous letters to the editor in The Beacon recently complaining about the use of the inferior “chip seal” technique to resurface our streets.

Citizens comment on a sticky, oily ooze, being residual street oil befouling auto undercarriages. And loose stones that spray under/over cars, painful walks and, most significantly, deep grooving of these resurfaced roads by automobile tires.

Such events do not occur with the familiar asphalt resurfacing seen in other jurisdictions.

The reason for Major Joe Marine’s administration’s choice for Mukilteo?

It’s cheap.

The reason for this choice? The city is very short on money.

The reason for this fact? Principally, a newly constructed community center, which was built several years ago (minus promised gymnasium and tennis courts amenities). Financed by public bonds, this alternative cost millions more than a renovated, structurally sound historic building – the Rosehill School.

The consequences? The city is deeply in debt and will remain so for years.

What is the root cause for this dilemma? Poor leadership and marginalized decision making that has not been in the community's best interest.

Who would be responsible for this?  Read several recent articles and letters in local publications, to include “We’re negative for a reason” by Elaine Knapp [The Beacon, Letters, page 4. Aug. 21].

One reason, among many, to vote for a new “principle centered leadership”* here in Mukilteo come November.

*Read “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Steven R Covey.

Scott Casselman, M.D.,


Thank you from Kiwanis

The Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo would like to thank all the people that came to enjoy our salmon dinners at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival, making our seventh annual Salmon Bake a great success.

We could not have put on this event without the team effort of our Kiwanis members, their friends, and the Key Clubs at Kamiak and Mariner High Schools.  They all worked tirelessly – always with a smile.

Our Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo was delighted to have the opportunity to help our community enjoy the festival at Lighthouse Park once again…a beautiful setting for the festival. We enjoyed seeing so many friends and new faces.

Your financial support is vital to the work we do for the youth of our community, through our scholarship fund and youth leadership programs.

Thank you to the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association sponsors, the city of Mukilteo for partnering and supporting the festival, and the MLFA in continuing this great tradition.

A special thanks to our sponsors, Katherine Breen of the Cutting Lounge, Darlene and Steve Conklé, Layli Lewis of Lewis Associates, Judith Murdock, Gary Webster, and Travis Industries for helping underwrite the Salmon Bake.

See you all next year!


Paul Salas, President

Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo

Everyone’s a winner in Bikes for Books program

We want to take a moment to thank Jack Houston and the Masons Lodge of Everett for their generous donation of 42 bicycles to help promote summer reading throughout the Sno-Isle Library System.

The Mukilteo Library received two bicycles and had them on display throughout the summer. Children were encouraged to read 10 books or 1,000 pages over the summer for a chance to win one of the bikes.

A whopping 959 children signed up for Summer Reading and 334 of them completed their reading goal at the Mukilteo Library alone! That is roughly a 50 percent increase over last summer.

We cannot help but think the chance of winning a bicycle motivated several children to keep reading.

Reading during the summer break is a crucial factor in a child retaining their reading level, or even making gains, which serves them especially well when school begins again in September.

The families in this community do a terrific job of bringing their children to the library and, along with the extra incentive of winning a beautiful new bicycle, we saw a remarkable number of children in our building over the summer.

Thank you to the Freemasons of Everett, and all the families who use the Mukilteo Library for another successful Summer Reading Program.

Katherine “Kat” Combs and Monica McClaskey,

Children’s Librarians,

Mukilteo Library

Kudos to Whidbey Island Bank

What an amazing bank!

For three days I tried to get a new electronic service to work to send my son money at college. After much frustration, I called the manager, Kim, at Whidbey Island Bank.

She was incredible. She listened and then offered to drive to his bank and hand deliver money into his account! How many banks do that in this day? That was so helpful!

This reminded me of the care and beauty of living in Mukilteo.

Liza Patchen-Short,


Elect Terry Preshaw to council

Alert the scientific community. We have Siamese political candidate signs right here in Mukilteo.

Ted Wheeler and Joe Marine are joined at the seams in their huge (you gentlemen must have some big bucks!) campaign signs.

Not surprising, since Mr. Wheeler has been Joe Marine’s yes-man for quite some time. He echoes Joe’s belief on fiscal policies; one that can best be summed up as “tax and spend, and let it never end.”

My taxes have increased every year since Joe Marine has been in office. It isn’t just property taxes that are nickel and diming me. Check all your incoming bills and look at the additional taxes the city tacks on many of them.

It is on the citizen’s backs that Marine continues to spend more than we can afford.

Wheeler will rubber stamp Marine’s spending sprees. His opponent Terry Preshaw will NOT.

Joe Marine appointed Mr. Wheeler to the Parks and Arts Commission over several other candidates (some of them more qualified). And he is/was on the Long Range Financial Planning Team. Is this another Marine appointment?

Enough already – Joe Marine should stop padding Wheeler’s resume. Let him run on his own merits.

We do not need another Marine crony on the City Council; we need a healthy balance so that honest debate can take place with decisions made in the best interest of all the citizens of Mukilteo.

Joe Marine has forgotten that the mayor and council are meant to be SEPARATE (balancing) entities. Packing the council with his cronies is not healthy for the city.

Without opposing viewpoints, it will be more of the same, with little chance of challenging his expensive spending sprees.

Terry Preshaw will help bring this balance to the council and will not be a “rubber stamper.” Her fiscal policy will be “put an end to tax and spend.”

Let’s elect Terry Preshaw to the City Council and Jennifer Gregerson to the mayor’s position. It’s time for a fresh start and a balanced City Council.

Elaine Knapp,


Mukilteo needs Ted Wheeler

In our travels between our home and the Mukilteo Speedway and other city streets, we cannot help but notice the multitude of signs Ted Wheeler has erected.

We cannot vote this man into City Council due to the fact that our home address is slightly to the east of the city limits, but we can relay to the residents of Mukilteo his DNA makeup.

We have traveled and become personal friends with the Wheelers. Ted is a businessman, landlord and man of conviction.

For years he has slugged it out in the trenches of day-to-day challenges in his own business, dealing with the fiscal responsibilities, employees, customers and all the ‘stuff’ that builds insight, strength, firmness, gentleness and resolve.

This man has the experience to make decisions that would transcend the emotional and set forth good sound policies that would give the city of Mukilteo a brighter future.

Ted will stand up for what is best and right. If you want a ‘yes-man,’ do not cast your vote for ted Wheeler. He is fearless and tenacious.

His business sense will reflect on the manner and direction of good business decisions for the city of Mukilteo. For, after all, the city is a business.

One last observation – for the last 2 1/2 years, Ted and Ewa took care of Ted’s aging father, who recently passed away. They basically put their life on hold while maintaining their business and personal life.

I witnessed the gradual decline and intense care required. I often voiced my opinion over the years, asking the question, “How can you do this?”

Ted’s answer was always positive and unwavering, stating, “You would do the same. And, by the way, as a son, it’s my privilege and honor.”

Ted Wheeler has proven to me to be a man of lofty character and a dynamo of accomplishment.

Mukilteo cannot afford to pass up his amazing ability to serve the citizens of Mukilteo.

John and Jane George,

Mukilteo Boulevard,


Comments (1)
Posted by: L LeBray | Sep 19, 2013 23:47

Regarding "Mukilteo needs Ted Wheeler", I tend to dispute. Wheeler currently serves on the Parks and Arts Commission as Chairperson, appointed by the mayor. The council members are selected and appointed to balance and represent a fair and unbiased view of the community, not the Mayor's opinion or desires. Their almost identical signs appear side by side, larger than life...two dove tailed signs on the corner across from City Hall, with Wheeler's attached on top of Joe Marine's, which I believe is in code violation due to the size of combined square footage, that I have brought to the City's attention. This relationship seems like a conflict of interest to me, and not in the best interest of the community.

Like Ted taking care of his father, I too took care of my mother in her final years...much too young for her years.  All the while, my home became saturated with stormwater runnoff from a filled wetland adjacent to me, that was not to code, and other homes that I believe have code issues.  It became so bad at one point that I evacuated at 3am in the morning.  My mother has since passed.  But I am still addressing these issues with the City that went unaddressed while she was my priorty.  Non responsive and no responses at times, even when I hired an attorney and land surveyor to address the issues.

We need change her in Mukilteo...not more of the same.



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