Letters for the week of Aug. 14

Aug 14, 2013

That Schmalz is a good one

Editor, The Beacon:

While I do not officially live in Mukilteo, I have come to think of it as my hometown.

Glad there are good peeps like Steve Schmalz who will do everything in his power to keep it a wonderful place!


Sonja Simmons

I’d have voted for Schmalz

I would like to express my thanks to Steve Schmalz for all his efforts in running for mayor of Mukilteo.

I know he would make a wonderful mayor, for he knows and understands city government, and he is honest, experienced and has a great deal of integrity.

If I were lucky enough to live in Mukilteo, I'd sure vote for him. Again, thanks for all you've done, Steve.

Joanne Davis,


You had a good run, Steve

Please join me in congratulating Steve Schmalz on his mayoral run.

While he lost the primary to Councilmember Jennifer Gregerson in a very narrow result, his continued position on the City Council will help to balance out the spend-and-tax majority that could remain if Bob Champion,Terry Preshaw and I are not elected.

Please look carefully into the issues and give us your support in November.

Fred Taylor,

City Council Position 3 candidate

Thanks to campaign supporters

I want to thank those who voted and supported my bid to become Mukilteo mayor. The volunteers who gave their time and energy to help with the campaign, I cannot thank you enough.

Although we came up short, we made an impact with a strong and clear message that we need a change in leadership in Mukilteo.

Steve Schmalz,

Mukilteo City Councilmember

A critique of the critic

Mr. Stoltz, in response to your letter last week [“Mukilteo deserves better,” Letters, page 4, Aug. 7]:

A great councilman once said: “Anyone who holds a public office is open to a certain amount of criticism. It comes with the job.” I whole-heartedly agree.

You tend to dispense such critique with great abandon, yet appear to be a bit sensitive to criticism yourself.

In disagreeing with your letter on Joe Marine in the July 24 Beacon [“Time for Marine to move on,” Letters, page 4], I was not “taking shots” at you. My letter regarding Joe Marine did not revolve around the politics of the mayor or the City Council.

It was a letter in support of Joe’s character as a friend of mine after reading multiple opinions casting suspicion upon his integrity and questioning his use of power.

My comments toward your input focused upon your letter and the inconsistent argument that we live in a backwater; a sum total of four sentences.

You were not the focus of my opinion in support of Mayor Marine, though you appear to have made that assumption based upon your vociferous (making, given to, or marked by noisy and vehement outcry) response.

I find it fascinating that you argue an elected official should expect critique, but when you find an opinion of yours under negative review, you engage in a literary form of pouting and put downs.

Your letter suggested that I and another writer were fairly dim for our opinions: “I’m not sure if they realize I’m not running for re-election.”

Furthermore, you leveled the accusation of hypocrisy toward myself in your opinion piece because of an adjective I used to discuss your letters, not your person.

Your retreat into diatribe to degrade those that disagree with your viewpoint is the lowest form of discussion.

We all live in the same city and see things through different lenses.

Apparently, those that see Joe as compassionate, honest, hard working and determined to see Mukilteo blossom with the attraction of white collar professionals, teachers and entrepreneurs are not allowed to express their opinions without being derided as dim bastions of hypocrisy in your opinion.

You state that you expect “better” in our city, it must start within the leadership.

Passionate, yet respectful opinion pieces devoid of sarcastic jabs would be inviting to read and would engender the grace and civility that the public hopes to see modeled in its elected leadership.

Here is hoping for “better.”


Chris Beard,


What Mukilteo really deserves

I was speaking with several friends a couple of weeks ago, and we were distressed to see negative campaigning in the form of the universal NO symbol stamped on top of Mayor Marine’s name. It seemed tacky and symbolic of politics around the country.

I was surprised to read Jerry Cornfield’s commentary in the Everett Herald on Aug. 1 in which he addressed the matter. He researched the issue and found that these signs were distributed by a PAC organized by Councilmember Kevin Stoltz.

At the time of Mr. Cornfield’s commentary, Mr. Stoltz was the only donor to the PAC. I shouldn’t have been surprised, as Mr. Stoltz tends to be negative.

Now that Mayor Marine has advanced to the general election, I am hopeful that we can rise above the negative strategies that have taken hold of politics nationally and have angered citizens around the country.

I have seen only positive accomplishments under Mayor Marine’s watch, including the development of the popular Lighthouse Park and the beautiful Rosehill Community Center.

The Police Department is much more professional and, though this may not be readily visible to the average resident, it is critically important to the safety and fiscal health of a community.

The voters in Mukilteo are fully capable of educating themselves and understanding the issues. Let the candidates be elected based on their record and the issues and lets keep the campaign positive.

I think the citizens of Mukilteo deserve this.

Linda Forst-Duke,


Honey: More than a toast topping

I grew up on honey and buttered toast – delicious – though, I had no idea the honey was actually good for me!

Everything about honey sounds yummy, but a simple search of the Internet revealed so much more to love about everyone's favorite sticky, sweet topping:

Dr Oz, the physician who makes it his business to educate Americans on health issues, suggests several benefits of honey: better athletic performance, improved sleep and relaxation, fewer allergies – even healed cuts and scrapes because honey has antibacterial properties that prevent infection in minor abrasions. It also moisturizes skin!

Ruth Tan, author and founder of the website benefits-of-honey.com suggests that honey is a head-to-toe home remedy, from eye infection to athlete’s foot, whose attributes have long been used for thousands of years.

One question I had was how old children need to be to ingest honey – I seemed to remember reading somewhere about waiting to feed infants. The answer is wait a year.

Kidshealth.org regularly reviews child and safety issues, and Dr. Steven Dowshen explains that infant immune systems are not ready for honey until they pass their first birthday.

The Mukilteo Farmers Market, which runs 3-7 p.m. every Wednesday at Lighthouse Park, has a local honey farmer this year who can answer more of your questions as well as give you delicious samples of locally harvested honeys.

There are also local farmers offering you "just picked" veggies and fruits, as well as fantastic bouquets of flowers at bargain prices. The Mukilteo market is the place to be on Wednesdays!

Susan Watkins, Volunteer,

Mukilteo Farmers Market

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