Letters for the week of Oct. 2

Oct 02, 2013

Not happy about development

Editor, The Beacon:

Does Ms. McCartney expect an applause for advising that there is only 5 percent of land left to build houses [“Only 5% of land left to build homes in Mukilteo,” The Beacon, front page, Sept. 25]?

That project she mentioned on the Speedway up from Olympic View is a beauty.  They were allowed to remove every tree from the site. And they will cram as many homes as they can into that site.

No, Ms. McCartney, we who live here are not excited by your comments.  And if you OK’d that project (up from OV), I wonder if you made the developers follow all the rules?

Did you? And who oversees your work and your approvals?

Elaine Knapp,


Wheeler is mayor’s pick

Regarding "Mukilteo needs Ted Wheeler" [ The Beacon,“Letters,” page 4, Sept. 18], I tend to dispute.

Wheeler currently serves on the Parks and Arts Commission as chairperson, appointed by the mayor. The councilmembers are selected and appointed to balance and represent a fair and unbiased view of the community, not the mayor's opinion or desires.

Their almost identical signs appear side-by-side, larger than life – including two dove tailed signs on the corner across from City Hall, with Wheeler's attached on top of Joe Marine's, which I believe is in code violation due to the size of combined square footage, that I have brought to the City's attention.

This relationship seems like a conflict of interest to me, and not in the best interest of the community.

As Ted took care of his father, I too took care of my mother in her final years –much too young for her years.  All the while, my home became saturated with stormwater runoff from a filled wetland adjacent to me, that was not to code, and other homes that I believe have code issues.

It became so bad at one point that I evacuated at 3 a.m.  My mother has since passed, but I am still addressing these issues with the city that went unaddressed while she was my priority.

Non-responsive and no responses at times, even when I hired an attorney and land surveyor to address the issues.

We need change here in Mukilteo, not more of the same.

Lynn McKinney,


Speed bumps did the trick

I would like to commend staff at City Hall and the Public Works Department for taking the time to meet some months ago to discuss and hear concerns of the Old Town residents.

The concern was of vehicles speeding and not stopping at the stop signs on 2nd and 3rd streets and the cross streets of Prospect, Cornelia and Loveland avenues.

The staff considered the facts and recommendations given by the neighborhood residents. They told us that action would be taken, if they felt it warranted.

Action was taken, and speed bumps were installed recently on Prospect and 3rd and on 2nd and Prospect.

Since that time – and it took only one day after installation at both locations – the general habit of speeding and not stopping at the stop signs has changed.

The children at the Boys & Girls Club, the neighborhood church and the children getting on and off school buses at 2nd and Prospect will be forever safer. It’s something so simple to do to save a young person’s life.

The thoughtful and friendly manner of the Public Works personnel is to be commended. Marty Martinis, Dave Lang and Ken Owings did a great job on the project, worked through the heat and did a very speedy job.

Not only that, these fine gentlemen also found old speed bump material stored away for seven years and used it to do the job at a reduced rate. They are a great asset to the city and to their department. I recommend them all for “Group of the Month,” if there is such a thing.

This letter comes from the many, many residents who live in the aforementioned neighborhoods and who wish to say “Thank you.”


Rick and Jan Halbert,


Mukilteo lucky for its emergency team

After several decades living in Mukilteo, we recently had to use the services of 911, not once but three times.

Ours was a medical emergency as a result of rejection of a chemotherapy drug. We were very impressed with each of the different teams that showed up within minutes of the call.

First of all, the operator tells you to open the front door and to have on hand a list of all the medicines that subject may be taking. (This suggestion is made by most medical offices, too.)

Each team that came was extraordinarily compassionate in dealing with us. What really struck us, though, was the knowledgeable reactions of the personnel. They simply got down to business to assess and alleviate the immediate problem, and then determine whether or not the patient should be transported to a hospital.

Our most grateful thanks and appreciation go to each of these teams. Mukilteo is extremely lucky to have them. Please consider them when making donations.


Your neighbors,


(Name withheld by request)

Kudos to luau’s bus driver

We would like to thank the Mukilteo Seniors and Jim Bryce for driving us in the shuttle bus to and from the Mukilteo Boys and Girls Luau on Saturday night.

We were surprised that not many people took advantage of this great service.  It allows many people, who normally have to be the designated driver, a nice evening out to enjoy a glass of wine.

Thank you, Jim!

Wendy and Stephen Grace,


Firefighter’s pancake breakfast Oct. 12

The annual pancake breakfast hosted by the Mukilteo firefighters and police associations will be held 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.12, at the Harbour Pointe fire station, 10400 47th Pl. W.

Firefighters and police – including the chiefs – are volunteering their time to flip pancakes and cook eggs and ham. Donate what you can for a delicious breakfast. Come hungry!

The chief’s cook-off is scheduled to take place at 10:30 a.m. They will be judged on taste, presentation and, of course, creativity.

Fire and police vehicles will be available for pictures. There will also be helmet fittings, so bring your helmet!

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of our sponsors: Diamond Knot Craft Brewing, Weller’s Café, Scotsman Bistro, Barbara’s Floral, Total Rental Center, Papa Murphy’s and Karmichael Car Wash.

Donations for the Mukilteo Food Bank will also be accepted. Proceeds from this event will fund the 2014 Easter Egg Hunt in Mukilteo.

Thank you again to all who attended and donated last year.

Kelli McNees,


Running to ‘win’

Why do we say “running to win” in a 5K, 10K or a marathon? In politics, we say “running for office.”

Running in a foot race is an individual effort. You can’t count on other people to help you. Everyone wins in a foot race. Your reward is a “unique” T-shirt and a medal, if you win your age group.

In politics, you need money, people to brag about how much better you are than you opponents, campaign signs all over yards, along side roads, radio, TV. It gets to be pretty heated during the campaign.

I remember Adlai Stevenson who ran for president telling the Republicans “If you will stop telling lies about me, then I will stop telling the truth about you.”

When it’s all over and people have voted for their choice, then it’s time to pick up your egos, road signs, etc. and relax until the next election.

So, until the next race, keep training so that you can win the next one.

Anders F. Jacobsen,


Comments (1)
Posted by: Lynn McKinney | Oct 04, 2013 00:43

In response to "Mukilteo lucky for its emergency team"  Yes. I had never been to emergency before in my life....visited twice in one week at 38 years. Heavy metal poisoning,diagnosed by the second emergency room doctor,the first one blew me off.

It's time to say, "the emperor wears no clothes". Lots of rare cancers, parkinson's, birth defects in Mukilteo.  Much of this land is former DOD property and contaminated by airfields and a large aerospace manufacturer that has saturated the groundwater, soil and sediment.  TCE/VOC plume, known - causes vapor intrusion into homes.  Closed airforce landfill, known. Many unpermitted airforce landfills unknown.

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