Letters for the week of Oct. 16

Oct 16, 2013

Congrats to editor on award

Editor, The Beacon:

Congratulations on your award – you deserve more awards [“Beacon writers win 4 awards at annual newspaper convention,” The Beacon, page 15, Oct. 2].

Hope you got lots of money for that award.

Janet Carroll,


Thanks! I didn’t win any money – just some recognition and a piece of paper. -Ed.

Can you hear me now? AT&T signal no good

I have noticed that the AT&T signal in the Goat Trail area has recently degraded. I called AT&T and they say that nothing has changed, but it clearly has.

At my house on the hill overlooking Old Town, my phone used to work perfectly, and now it barely works. Other members of my family have experienced the same issue so it is not a hardware problem with my handset.

I also asked other people in the area and they said the same thing – that in the last month or so the signal is not as good.

Have any other citizens experienced this signal loss? Am I the only one who is noticing this or is it a widespread problem?

If you are an AT&T customer and have experienced weaker than usual signal, inability to get on the 4G or LTE network, or other problems with AT&T, please call 611 on your phone and tell them (its a free call).

Send me an email at ronparker.ink@gmail.com, and I will make a list and contact AT&T to tell them how widespread the problem is.


Arnie Hammerman,


The mayor/council form of government

With the mayoral race heating up, there seems to be much confusion as to the role of a mayor in our strong mayor/council form of government.

According to the Municipal Research & Services Center, “The mayor-council form (of government) consists of an elected mayor (elected at-large), who serves as the city’s chief administrative officer, and a council (elected either at-large or from districts), which serve as the municipality’s legislative body.”

The council (legislative branch) has the authority to formulate and adopt city policies and the mayor (administrative branch) has the responsibility to implement those policies.

The mayor attends and presides over council meetings but does not have a vote, except in the case of a tie (we have a seven-member council, leaving the likelihood of a tie rare.)

“Many mayor/council cities have hired professional city administrators to serve under the mayor and assist with administrative and policy-related duties. By doing so, these cities hope to gain the benefits of professional management, allowing the mayor to focus greater attention on policy development and political leadership roles.”

While the day-to-day business of the city is managed by our city administrator/community development expert, it allows our mayor to tend to the many activities related to keeping our city on the leading edge of local, regional, state and federal activities.

This last statement is critical because, as much as you would like to blame the mayor for everything from dirty picnic tables at Lighthouse Park to chip seal, the mayor has no control over the policy decisions that influence park maintenance funding.

The council, not the mayor, approves the maintenance funding through the budget process. The awarding of chip seal contracts (law requires acceptance of low bidder) is also awarded by the council, not the mayor.

Those decision lie wholly with the City Council. They are the policy makers. They make the decisions.

Before you submit your ballot, be sure you know the responsibilities of your local elected officials. And, yes, I am one of the seven responsible decision makers.

Linda Grafer,

Vice President,

Mukilteo City Council

Lord is an asset to City Council

I am writing in support of Randy Lord and his re-election campaign for Mukilteo City Council, Position 3.

I have known and worked with him for years, first while I was a member of the Lynnwood City Council, and more recently, during my years on the Snohomish County Council.

In all that time, I have been impressed with his intelligent, objective and collaborative approach to solving problems for the citizens of Mukilteo, as well as for Snohomish County.

During the years that he and I have worked together on the county Conservation Futures Advisory Board, I have constantly been impressed with the quality of his observations, recommendations and his open-mindedness to alternate, diverse perspectives.

In addition to his professionalism, I believe his true effectiveness comes from his friendly, collaborative style that makes everybody comfortable to work with him.

He is an outstanding leader who understands that, even though he is not on the winning side of every vote, he will support the final decision.

He works hard to bring respect and civility to the table; a trait that is unfortunately missing in government at many levels these days.

Randy is a strong asset for Mukilteo and Snohomish County, providing strong leadership to resolve complex issues at all levels.  We need him to continue that work for us.

Please support him with your vote this November!

Stephanie Wright, Chair,

Snohomish County Council

Comments (1)
Posted by: Lynn McKinney | Oct 18, 2013 01:02

Can you here me now?  Although I don't have AT&T, I have the same problem with my cell phone.  I used to have reception, but now it fails everywhere in my home and I have to go out on my deck, sometimes stand and stand on a chair to get minimal reception, and even then it fails quite frequently.  I generally have to drive up the hill to talk on my cell phone.  The cause...either my property is sinking (which it is) due to blocked drainage, and a combination of a recent "remodel" on the critical slope area above me and new construction blocking reception.

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