Letters for the week of July 18

Jul 18, 2012

Hocus Pocus, No Fiscal Focus!

Dear Editor,

Wow... Magical Mukilteo is still in hocus pocus mode. Isn't it "magical thinking" to drive away an employee with scruples (Ginny Schacker), fire the messenger (and perhaps, whistleblower? – IT Manager Dave Vargas), flagrantly spend scarce tax dollars to band-aid administrative IT negligence and expect no one to pay attention?

This demonstrated and documented ineptness of Mukilteo's administrative leadership is inexcusable, unacceptable and reeks of litigation to come.

As a taxpayer, I am incensed at the prospect of not only continuing to pay for a full-time mayor and city administrator who dangerously "don't know what they don't know," as well as being on the hook for potential lawsuits based on creating a hostile work environment, harassment and who knows what else.

Folks, we need competent leadership or our little city may drown in litigation debt – we may have to ask Everett or Lynnwood to annex us!

Who wants to be our next mayor and how soon can you start? I heard via the grapevine that our current mayor allegedly wants to step up to the county executive position, so it looks like it will be smooth sailing for whoever wants to bring Mukilteo out of the digital dark ages.

Best regards,

Terry Preshaw,


Teach your children to read

Dear Editor,

I would like to have you place the article “The most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done” by Phyllis Schlafly in your paper, the Mukilteo Beacon.

Schlafly is founder of the Eagle Forum. Since 1967, she has published the newsletter, the Phyllis Schlafly Report, from which I found this article.

Or, if you don’t print the complete article, you may like to pick out parts of it. I have underlined some that I would like to have shared:

Schlafly says that the most fulfilling thing she’s done in her whole life is teach her six children to read before they entered school. She urges others to do the same.

“The school is the wrong place to learn how to read, anyway, because reading is a solitary, not a group, activity. Reading is not something you do with other people, like playing ball; reading is something you do with a book, and other people in the room are a distraction.”

She says many young children, ages 5 and 6, when taught to read as a group in a structured classroom, can become bored and disorderly in school. She says it is important that they are taught to read before picking up bad habits, such as pretending to read or guessing the words.

“Most parents work hard to provide their children with the material things in life… There is something else you can do for your child… because it’s the key to what your child will be able to do on his own. You can teach your child to read.”

Don’t think that your children are good readers just because they get good report cards, Schlafly warns. “It’s now the fashion to give all schoolchildren happy report cards in order to build their self-esteem.”

I believe this is true in this article, from my experience. I thank you.

Frances Duncan,


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