Letters for week of May 15

May 15, 2013

Many thanks from the McCarty family

Editor, The Beacon:

The McCarty family would like to thank all of those that turned out to help with Nate’s Make-a-Wish Field of Dreams Work Day on April 28.

It was an amazing day and a very touching tribute to Nate that we will long remember.

We appreciate all the support, prayers, visits and acts of kindness too numerable to mention that have been extended to us throughout Nate’s leukemia recovery.

Living in this community has definitely made a difference in our ability to cope and process this situation. We are grateful and we appreciate you!

David, Shannon and Nate McCarty,


Coal train dust study in Seattle

A while back I wrote a letter and I was suggesting that the coal trains be covered at least. What I forgot about is the explosive power of coal dust, thus the cars remain uncovered at this time.

I was sent this link from a friend of mine in Seattle: https://www.microryza.com/projects/do-coal-and-diesel-trains-make-for-unhealthy-air

It is a website of Dan Jaffe, professor of chemistry and atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, about a coal train dust study in Seattle.

If you have an investigative reporter, this is something that the papers should be carrying in the news.

As for promoting donations to the site, I feel you cannot do this. However, check this out please, as they will travel right through our city.

Thank you,

Dennis Hutton,


Let’s redo the human mind

I read with interest the recent letter in The Beacon by Terrill Cox on May 8 [“Washington state barbarians,” Letters, page 4].

It is gruesome to think that a growing fetus is not allowed to enter the world and contribute its talent whatever it might be. Where would we be without a Marilyn Monroe, Einstein or a boy born without eyes, can’t walk, but can sure play music?

The other tragedy is to see a soldier killed in the prime of their life in a war that makes no sense, or the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon where three were killed and many more were injured with loss of limbs and other injuries. Life for them will never be the same again.

What is it with humans that we can’t seem to honor life and enhance it instead of inflicting pain and death for whatever reason?

Anders F. Jacobsen,


Kudos to Obnoxious John

An excellent column [“It’s the participation and effort that matter,” Obnoxious John, Beacon blog, April 29] – thank you!

I'm a three-time Olympic coach (cross-country skiing and biathlon), and the most treasured moments – aside from a few medals – were all about the people: the East Germans sitting on the floor in our ski room visiting and trading pins, the eight different countries that used to attend our dry-land training camps and the camaraderie at the World Championships when we'd meet again, being able to hitch a ride from the Slovene Ski team or giving a ride to some Russian skiers, or crashing with the Italian team on a road trip...

And now, years later, the enduring friendships, born out of shared effort and mutual respect...

Those are the things that stick years later and warm the mind and the memories. And how far from all that are the big money contracts and the drugs.

Sports were born in joy and health and enhanced life beyond measure. I hope these kids at the invitational will find as mush richness in what they are doing as I did in my career.

Nathaniel R. Brown,


Peeved over dog poop

Sometimes I am shocked at the utter lack of respect for others demonstrated by seemingly "good citizens" of Mukilteo. We live in a community of educated, responsible individuals who are blessed with a beautiful, peaceful and largely caring and involved citizenry.

So when I witnessed one of those citizens blatantly disregarding a city ordinance, and walking her dog on Mukilteo Elementary School property during school hours to allow it to defecate on the children's playground (and refusing to clean it up), I was compelled to call her on her lack of respect for others.

I shouted to her, "Hey! Aren't you going to clean that up?!" She pretended not to hear me. I shouted louder, "Hey! Little children play here! PLEASE clean up after your dog!"

She continued to walk away, and her large brown lab continued to defecate. One last attempt at reason, I yelled, "WHAT WOULD YOUR MOTHER SAY?" She just raised her hands in a gesture of resignation and walked away.

If I hadn't had a kindergartener in tow, I would have chased that woman down just to get a good look into her eyes. I have a curiosity about those who dismiss their own irresponsible behavior.

Really, how can you be so oblivious to the affects your behavior has on others... especially children?

Laura Mullen,

Dog Poop Patrol


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