Letters: Walkouts, transit and more

Mar 14, 2018

Teens walk out, speak out


On March 14 at 10 a.m., students across America will put down their pencils, their books, and their differences and leave their classrooms in protest to the lack of action regarding school shootings.

I am one of those students.

I want you to know that this means more to us than a chance to skip class. This is about us using our voices to say that we do not want to be targeted.

We do not want to be sitting at our desks wondering what we would do if someone comes in with a gun. We do not want to frantically search the hallway every time we walk down it, looking for a place to hide - just in case.

It may also surprise you to know that the choice to participate in this protest was not an easy one to be made for some of my peers.

When asked if he was going to walk out, a boy in my history class responded with a question of his own: “Why would we do this? Who are we protesting against?”

This made me stop and think. Is there really one “who” that we are protesting? Why are we really doing this?

It isn’t just one who, I discovered. It’s all of us.

All of us who heard about any one of the 229 school shootings that have happened in America since 2013.

All of us who were sad, for a day, a week, maybe a month.

All of us who forgot, until the next shooting.

The answer to why we are doing this seems simple: We want to put a stop to school shootings.

First, however, to get to the point where students can go to school without being afraid of not making it home, we all need to remember.

We need to remember the lives that have been lost, the grief our nation goes through each time the number of shootings in America rises. We especially need to remember when we fill out our ballots, or; for those of us too young to vote, when we write letters to our elected officials asking for change.

On March 14, the day many of you are reading this, students will raise their voices in harmony, singing for the chance to learn without fear.

I urge you to listen to their song.


Eliza Kirk, Kamiak sophomore



Great Kiwanis breakfast


Saturday, March 10 was a great day in Mukilteo.

The Kiwanis held their pancake breakfast at OV.

The OV band was fantastic!

I saw Tony Markey and Riaz Khan. I didn’t see anybody elected. It’s very rare to see councilmembers at any events in Mukilteo.

And the attendance at council meetings needs to improve. Two empty seats on March 5.  We look forward to a discussion of school safety.

Are there improvements that can be made?  When will this be discussed?  I have lots of ideas.


Peter Zieve



Editor’s Note:
Mayor Jennifer Gregerson, Council Vice President Christine Cook, and Councilmembers Bob Champion, Richard Emery and Anna Rohrbough are in Washington D.C. According to the city’s website, they are there March 11 through March 15, which could explain why these specific elected officials didn’t attend, as they were leaving town very soon.


Mukilteo’s Transit is changing, please speak up


For my Mukilteo friends, transit is changing.

Community Transit dropped on March 1 an important update of new service for the fall of 2018 and the spring of 2019: communitytransit.org/proposal.

Everett Transit is completing a Long Range Plan also and all indications are that due to low ridership and growing financial constraints, Everett Transit will pare back its Route 18 connecting the Mukilteo waterfront to Everett Station by eliminating midday service.

I ask that folks please comment to Community Transit asking for a Mukilteo Multimodal Terminal connection to the Seaway Transit Center to replace Everett Transit Route 18.  Such a route will also provide Mukilteo with reliable access to the Community Transit’s awesome new SWIFT Green Line with frequent buses, diminish the need for Uber and Lyft providing Paine Field Commercial Terminal visitors with connections to Future of Flight and Mukilteo while congesting Mukilteo roads, and will resolve a longstanding issue of transit access to the Future of Flight atop a steep hill.

Such a route also arguably relieves Everett Transit of providing peak service on Route 70 connecting the Boeing Factory with the Mukilteo Waterfront when Everett Transit with financial constraints needs to affectionately focus on… Everett.

I also ask that bus shelters please be of high quality not just for the Future of Flight stops, but also for the upcoming Peace Park and then other Mukilteo stops.

Emulating Vancouver, BC’s TransLink; these stops should be lighted at night and paid for by providing advertising for airlines coming into Paine Field.

Finally, I ask the city government of Mukilteo’s elected officials to please coordinate sending letters of concern to both Everett Transit and Community Transit in the wake of these developments.

I hope you too will politely ask your city council and mayor to please ensure Mukilteo has proper transit service.


Joe A. Kunzler

Skagit County


You can’t act like bad things don’t happen


Albert Einstein wrote, "You cannot solve problems with the same methods of thinking used to create the problems."

This phrase applies to many things in life, including two of the five letters written to the Mukilteo Beacon editor on March 7.

The respondents reprimanded the editor for detailing the murder and rape of a beautiful, young woman (Feb. 21 issue).

They used words such as "voyeuristic," "horrified," and having the "absence of ethics" when describing how they felt about the editor and his decision to write about the harsh realities of life.

While the media has misused its authority by sensationalizing and manipulating events for the sake of ratings and profit, they are also of tremendous value by informing us of things which may have otherwise been ignored and kept silent.

An example of this is evident in our current political system.

For years we were apathetic about what was happening around us and seemed to cared little about empowering ourselves through education or finding solutions to the problems facing our nation.

The outcome of our complacency resulted in a nation becoming divided due to our choice to use the same methods of thinking.

Compare this example with the respondents’ implications that it would have been better to exclude the details of a horrible crime rather than using this tragic situation as a means to educate and empower themselves and those they care about.

Rather than encouraging their loved ones and their community to become proactive towards reaching a solution, they recommend leaving such things alone.

While I appreciate and share their heartfelt condolences towards those affected by the senseless loss of a young life, I am also concerned that the message they convey will result in maintaining the same methods of thinking that doesn't solve the problems.


Rod Amburgy



Support for students, but suggestions as well


This week there is a planned walkout by students in the Mukilteo School District, a response to yet another school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

As a parent, I have become immune to these situations, sadly. I don’t overreact when I hear there has been a threat to my own child’s school.

Instead, I go over the “routine.” I reiterate what my child should do in such a situation.

Here is the thing, although I am supportive of the reasons why these students want to walk out and I am a proponent of freedom of speech and freedom to protest, I can’t get past the fact that in all of these shootings, students received hints or alerts via Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook and they didn’t react.

So, what I am asking of the students in the Mukilteo School District is that not only they voice their opinions and concerns via a school walkout, but also they pledge to report ANY hints a student might be giving on Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook regarding violence or destruction to our students or schools.

I am also asking that all students alter their attitudes toward their peers.

I am asking that all students become more accepting of differences and that all students filter what they post on Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook so that no child feels slighted or bullied via social media.

There are many variables contributing to these school shootings.

Most of these shooters have a sad family history and overwhelming personal circumstances.

I ask the students of the Mukilteo School Distric to search these kids out in school and come along side them with support and compassion.  It is easy to get out of your chairs and walk out of school but it’s much harder to do the difficult thing of setting the example and being a leader.

While you’re walking in protest, please consider how you can change as an individual to create a better environment for those struggling around you.

If you can be a positive influence on these kids in school then these kids will never walk into a gun shop, buy a gun and plan to shoot up a school.


Jenny Eglian


Comments (1)
Posted by: Denise Sackner | Mar 16, 2018 03:53

Please don't ever put the idea in a child's mind that they are somehow responsible for the behavior others.  Further, asking them to be responsible for the behavior of murderers abhorrent.

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