Letters for the week of Feb. 6

Feb 06, 2013

Won’t sign a blank check

Editor, The Beacon:

Please stop the “rah rah” and give us a plan [“Not just another dinner auction,” The Beacon, Guest View, page 4, Jan. 23]!

Have the property assessed and get a purchase and sale agreement negotiated. Until then, you have no idea what the property is worth or that any bond we might pass would provide sufficient means to buy it.

There is no argument that the property could be an asset for the city – but not at $6 million! That property would be extremely costly to develop for any commercial/industrial use.

Just because the seller "wants" $6 million doesn't make it worth that amount.

Please don't come to the voters again until you've done the necessary preliminary work to support the bond amount.

That's the only reason I didn't vote in favor of this the last time – I’m not into signing blank checks. Until these loose ends are tied down, "feel good" activities aren't going to carry the day.

John Troy Baker,


Saving the gulch is an investment

Providing funding to purchase the rest of Japanese Gulch to stave off commercial development is not like paying a tax on something like liquor, cigarettes or new clothes [“Tired of voting on levies,” The Beacon, Letters, page 4, Jan. 30]!

It’s an #investment# in health and beauty, fresh air, a greener and cleaner environment, and the joy of being able to view a thriving wildlife habitat for years to come.

If you’ve ever lived in a large city with polluted brown air, clogged traffic everywhere, and much too much concrete and asphalt, you realize what a little bit of heaven we have here in Mukilteo. Don’t we want to preserve and enhance that?

The gulch is a piece of nature that buffers every day “busy” and stress, allowing us to slow down, breathe in and appreciate quiet. Isn’t all that worth the $5 or $6 a month it would cost #per household# (not “each and every one of us”)?

As to driving to the “very north part of town” to walk in the park, what is that distance: four miles maybe?

Susan Davison,


Celebrate, remember and fight back

The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life is coming to Mukilteo this summer! My family and I will be at the kickoff rally this Saturday, Feb. 9, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Future of Flight's Aviation Center, and we really hope the whole community shows up for this important event.

The theme of every Relay For Life is "Remember. Celebrate. Fight Back." I created my team, the Ladybug Lovies, several years ago in honor of an amazing woman, Donita Nelson, who touched my life and who was my second mama growing up.

I walk to CELEBRATE my mom, Auntie Lynn, Cousin Jackie, Grandpa Bruce, and my great friends Jen and Robin – who have all fought and won their battles with cancer!

I walk to REMEMBER Donita, my Grandpa Bob, Uncle Bill and Grandma Marilyn.

I FIGHT BACK so that hopefully my kids and grandkids won't ever have to hear the words "You have cancer." I'm so excited that relay has come to Mukilteo this year! July 13!

It's easy to learn more and register your own team. If you can't attend the kickoff rally on Saturday, please visit www.relayforlife.org/mukilteowa.

Tamara Chesley,

Ladybug Lovies Team Captain,


Cancer sucks! Help find a cure

I am looking forward to Mukilteo's first Relay For Life this summer! I will be at the Rally for Relay kickoff this Saturday along with my family and friends.

I've been a team captain of my team, the Mukilteo Musketeers, for the past three years because I've had plenty of experience with cancer in my life.

My aunt had breast cancer and is a survivor, and my grandma (who wasn't really my grandma but she was like a grandma to me) died of thyroid cancer. She lived a great life and we all miss her dearly.

Also my grandma had skin cancer but she found it early and got rid of it, but now she will always have a scar on her nose to remind her of it.

Cancer sucks! I don't think anyone should have to go through that. It's hard enough with adults getting it, but kids are also getting it, and they haven't even lived half their life!

I relay to help us find a cure because I want to help people live a longer life and not have to deal with the pain and suffering of cancer.

Kaitlyn Chesley, age 13,

Mukilteo Musketeers Team Captain,


Change policy to allow beer kegs

As a member of the Mukilteo business community, Diamond Knot Craft Brewing gives back by providing donations, either in cash or in product to many local organizations.

We receive requests almost daily and give generously as much as we can, knowing volunteer organizations make the difference in many people’s lives.

One organization we have supported throughout the years is the Japanese Gulch Group, working to preserve and maintain miles of trails and woodland for all to enjoy.

This year, we had to make the tough decision not to provide support to the group during this year’s Mardi Gras fundraiser. The decision was based solely on the policies of Rosehill Community Center.

After receiving a personal donation request by Mayor Joe Marine last week, we decided to write a letter to the editor to emphasize how unreasonable the rules are regarding beer kegs at the center. The rule: Kegs are not permitted.

To date, we haven’t heard a valid reason as to why. We were told nearby community centers did not allow kegs either; however, a quick round of calls proved that argument false.

Community centers in Northgate, Camano Island, Clinton, Greenlake and Mountlake Terrace, as well as the Lynnwood Convention Center, Edmonds Art Center, Future of Flight Museum and Whidbey Island Center for the Arts all permit kegs on premise.

Isn’t it time to take another look at what is permitted at Rosehill Community Center? We have made attempts to discuss systems for keg coolers and pouring areas that would minimize any assumed spillage. We have discussed the cost and waste of using bottled beer to no avail.

When the mayor has to call to persuade us to give, then something is obviously wrong.

We ask the public’s support to lobby change at Rosehill so that businesses such as Diamond Knot can continue to support our local non-profit organizations.

Sherry Jennings,

Director of Communications,

Diamond Knot Craft Brewing,


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