Letters: Appreciation, response, buses, and climate change

Aug 22, 2018

Appreciation for article

My compliments to Brandon Gustafson for the excellent reporting contained in the article regarding Mukilteo City Council approval of severance pay for city staff.

These are precisely the events and issues that we, as citizens, taxpayers, and voters, need to be aware of as we all work together to maintain Mukilteo’s reputation as the most livable city in Washington.

I particularly noted Councilman Bob Champion’s apparent lack of participation in the council meeting discussion followed by his vote against the motion and amendment.

I would be interested to hear his rationale.

 

John W. Morrow

Mukilteo

Response to past letter

Editor’s Note: This letter is I response to Denise Sackner’s Letter to the Editor in last week’s paper, “A series of questionable decisions.”

 

I wish to express my gratitude to our City Council, particularly Steve Schmalz and Scott Whelpley, for their time and effort uncovering the misuse of our taxpayer dollars to overpay severance of Julie Good and State Sen. Marko Liias (as well as Liias’ carte blanche UW tuition funding on our dime).  All of this while our city is in the red.

As a side note, when are we going to pull the plug on that annual boondoggle trip to Washington D.C. for the mayor and councilmembers who opt in?

I trust no one in D.C. is waiting with baited breath for the Mukilteo delegation, and our city elected can certainly contact our state officials at their local offices.

A word to Ms. Sackner who claims in her letter that our council has overreached by moving to oversee city employee severance packages because it creates a “toxic environment.”  A toxic environment is created by dishonest, unethical leadership. Witness our White House.

City Council provides checks and balances for our city’s executive branch. Mr. Schmalz and Mr. Whelpley took the time to investigate and catch violations of city policy and inappropriate spending of our tax dollars.

Had they not, we would be further into our city debt and none the wiser.

 

Kate Forrester

Mukilteo

 

Despite delay to WSF Multimodal Terminal, new bus route still needed

 

I read the latest tragic report the Mukilteo Multimodal Terminal was delayed. Again.

Despite this setback to Mukilteo connectivity, I ask as I have been in the somewhat opaque Community Transit boardroom, that Community Transit will please in March 2019 announce plans to by March 2020 please connect the Mukilteo Multimodal Terminal to the Future of Flight to the Seaway Transit Center please.

Community Transit Prop. 1 was a tough slog and helps make Mukilteo's sales tax among the highest in the state.

Furthermore, it is Mukilteo - not any other Snohomish County community - who is being asked against its will to brace from a new commercial terminal for more ground traffic in the form of rental cars, Lyfts, Ubers and taxis.

Having good transit connections to Seaway Transit Center will only help alleviate congestion and give Mukilteo community members, businesses and visitors like me a fair ability to fairly access the SWIFT Bus Rapid Transit Green Line also, especially with the old ferry terminal having to be on line longer, clearly inadequate in handling vehicles and passengers alike.

So, if you concur that this unique brew of congestion circumstances gives Community Transit more reason to connect Mukilteo to the upcoming SWIFT Green Line and the Future of Flight via level ground to its awesome network not less, please tell Community Transit, politely please, at planupdate@commtrans.org before Aug. 31. Thank you.

 

Joe A. Kunzler

Skagit County

 

Make Climate Reality Project a reality in Mukilteo

 

It is tempting to think that climate change only affects polar bears and poor coastal communities. In fact, rising temperatures and sea levels are adversely impacting our state, county, and city every day, resulting in increased wildfires, intense smoke, flooding, mudslides, and drought.

Our decreasing and changing snowpack impacts communities that depend on clean water, interferes with the survival of salmon and will decrease the amount of hydroelectric power, which supplies 87 percent of Snohomish County’s electrical supply, by as much as 9 to 11 percent within the next decade.

Sea-level rise in the Seattle and Mukilteo areas is projected to reach two feet by 2100, which would threaten lives and properties on the Mukilteo bluff with storm surges, eroding coastline, flooding, and mudslides.

But there is hope. Rapid cost declines have made renewable energy such as wind and solar more affordable and widely available.

A shift to clean, renewable electricity would enhance Mukilteo’s reputation as a green, forward-looking city, create more jobs in the renewable sector, and attract investors, businesses, and residents, all while helping to reduce CO2 emissions.

The Climate Reality Project is launching 100 percent committed campaigns across the country to transition cities to 100 percent clean electricity. Edmonds has already made a similar commitment.

Join our 100 Percent Mukilteo outreach campaign help make 100 percent clean, renewable electricity for Mukilteo a reality. We have two events coming up to help you become involved in a variety of ways:

 

  • Wednesday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m. - Attend our first campaign outreach meeting in Harbour Pointe.
  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 1:45 p.m. - Attend a community presentation about our 100 percent Mukilteo Campaign at the Mukilteo Library (4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd).

Please visit our Facebook group at https://tinyurl.com/100-mukilteo for more information and to RSVP for either or both of these events.

 

Debbie King

Science Writer and Climate Reality Leader

Mukilteo

 

 

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