Letters for the week of July 3

Jul 03, 2013

Beacon story captured heart of new church

Editor, The Beacon:

Wow, wow, wow! What an incredible article [“New church to focus on service projects,” The Beacon, front page, June 26]! Thank you, thank you. You REALLY captured our heart.

And the picture really came out nice, too! We are really blessed by this.


Don and Marcia Saul,

Jericho Bridge Church

McGaughey is decorated military veteran, family man

I’ve followed the articles in The Beacon and the comments various parties have made about “due diligence” in collecting all the facts about Robert McGaughey – but I haven’t seen anyone report on the fact that he has honorably served his country as a military reserve officer for 25 years.

He served two deployments to combat zones, and in so doing has been awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star.

I haven’t seen anyone report that he has been married for more than 20 years and has a family of six, with two girls and three boys.

I haven’t seen anyone report that in tough times he perseveres, even when he is unjustly maligned.

Abusing good people for personal political goals is dishonorable, but Robert’s behavior is not.

Sincerely yours,

Bernalyn McGaughey,

Robert’s step-mother,

Naches, Wash.

Reminder: Fireworks illegal in Mukilteo

The Fourth of July holiday has arrived and requires everyone to be thinking about fire safety issues associated with this celebratory time.

Through documented history of accidents associated with the use of fireworks, the City of Mukilteo provides a level of safety to its citizens by banning the purchase and use of fireworks within its borders.

Just because you purchased fireworks in a jurisdiction where they are legal, that doesn’t mean that you can use them within the city limits of Mukilteo. This ban applies all year (including the Fourth of July).

The Mukilteo Municipal Code prohibits the sale, use and discharge of fireworks. Violating this code is a criminal offense punishable by a fine and possible jail time.

For those wanting to see fireworks, there are several regional fireworks shows available for your viewing pleasure.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July.

Thank you,

Cheol Kang,

Crime Prevention Officer,

Mukilteo Police Department, and

Jim Thomas, Fire Marshal,

Mukilteo Fire Department

Repair the old dock, keep the waterfront

I sent a quick note to two of our legislators reminding them that the huge expense of moving the ferry and destroying the prospect of actually using the waterfront need not follow the path it's taking.

It has been suggested that the state could save $100 million by eliminating the unnecessary expenditure for the new ferry dock in Mukilteo.

Repair the old one and use the valuable waterfront for citizens of Snohomish County and tourists from around the world. Install the much discussed reservation system to eliminate the majority of the traffic backup. Three problems solved.

Funding is only "earmarked." It isn't actually in hand. It can be reallocated toward more important issues, such as education funding.

We don't really want to use our waterfront to park commuters. Or do we?


Tim Taylor,


Thanks to Grad Knight donors

The Kamiak High School Grad Knight Committee would like to give a great big thank you to the following local businesses and individuals for their generous donations to the 2013 Kamiak Grad Knight Party on June 7.

The kids had a wonderful and safe time and truly appreciated the gifts and gift cards handed out that night.

Thank you to:

Bite of New York

Dairy Queen

Everett Rehabilitation

Everett Hand Therapy/Rehabilitation

Jersey Mike’s

Mongolian Grill

The Moshinsky Family

Papa Murphy’s

Dr. Shields Orthodontics

Starbucks (by Office Max)

The Walters Family

And those who contributed anonymously


Debbie Singer,

Kamiak Grad Knight Committee

Construction picks up at Paine Field

The strong business conditions at Paine Field Airport and in Snohomish County are having a positive effect on the airport's ability to invest in capital improvements.

We postponed a number of projects in the past several years during the economic downturn, but Paine Field is currently in the midst of one of its busiest construction seasons in history.

This year will see the completion of more than $60 million in new aerospace facilities. The airport is reconstructing the small parallel runway and a number of roads, as well as installing several new roofs this summer.

You can read about some of these projects at www.painefield.com.


Dave Waggoner, Director,

Paine Field Airport

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