Letters: Liias and the festival

Sep 05, 2018

Thoughts on Liias’ tuition reimbursement


Re: “Liias’ receipt, transcript are now in city’s hands” (Aug. 28 Mukilteo Beacon). Coverage of this issue has left me wondering what exactly was the course work that Sen. Liias completed and how it was intended to benefit the city of Mukilteo and its taxpayers who were footing the tuition bill.

Sen. Liias is certainly well educated, having gone to Georgetown and the University of Washington, and while I appreciate the importance of continuing education, there remains the question of why was this additional coursework necessary for his work with Mukilteo.

With that mystery in mind, Sen. Liias’ disappointing response to the issue exhibited an arrogance bordering on petulance: “I asked for the lump-sum payment because I was pretty disappointed in the way my position was eliminated…”

As if that wasn’t enough, he pleads ignorance of the personnel policy: “I had not read the relevant personnel policy…”

I’ve certainly never held a job where that would hold water.

I’ve supported Sen. Liias with my vote in the past, but this attitude is unacceptable in a public servant.

Carl Clark



Charity begins at home


Regarding funding for the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival (“Lighthouse Festival could be on its last legs” Aug. 29 Mukilteo Beacon): What say the Recreation/Cultural Services Director donates part of his salary to help it stay afloat?

The salary for the director’s position alone in 2016 was $90,000. The proposed budget for salaries and wages for the RCS department in 2017 was $417,370.

That's a lot of kettle corn.


Cindy Clark


Comments (1)
Posted by: L LeBray | Sep 11, 2018 23:43

I tend to agree with both of you. Thanks for posting.  Just as Ortiz-Self tries to blame lack of aid for Puerto Rico, I believe it's government corruption, and has been for a long time....Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello Nevares asked federal taxpayers to shell out $94 billion to pay for the territory’s recovery from Hurricane Maria — then turned around and paid out about $100 million in Christmas bonuses to island government employees.

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