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When pastors retire

I have the best job in the world! For more than 35 years, I have served among people who I love and respect. It has been an honor and a privilege. I have met amazing people along the way. …

Species development and extermination

I was reading about the fact that 99.9% of all species that ever existed on planet Earth have become extinct. Makes one wonder what and why species go extinct. It has always impressed me about how …

A report from the National League Of Cities Conference

Stepping into the bustling corridors of the Marriott Marquis for the annual National League of Cities Congressional City Conference felt like entering the epicenter of American municipal leadership. …

Fraternity life

A t the particular undergraduate college I attended, social life on campus was pretty much relegated to joining a fraternity. Now fraternity life at this particular school (and I’ve heard …

District introduces new dual language program

Como miembro de la junta escolar, con frecuencia me enfrento a situaciones con nuestros estudiantes y sus familias en las que me pregunto: “¿Qué haría yo en su …

To Andy Galuska, the City Council, and the Planning Commission: As the representatives of Mukilteo, you must listen to the citizens who have told you we do not want our city to be zoned …

Thought-provoking films worth checking out

As anyone who knows me knows, I am a pastor who loves movies. As the recent Oscar ceremonies made clear, this has been a bountiful year for superior film craft. Allow me to share about a few of my …

Editorial cartoon for the week of March 20

As I write this edition of Reality Check I’m reminded of the sheer beauty of the Mukilteo waterfront and one of the reasons we moved here so many years ago. For me, mornings begin with a jog …

Processed foods: Is the fear warranted?

Processed foods have been the latest nutrition super-villain and the subject of a lot of confusion and misinformation. They have been linked to cancer, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, …

She was the Thorpe, Ruth, and Nicklaus of sports

W e talk about Jim Thorpe, Babe Ruth Jr. (The Babe), and Jack Nicklaus, but do you know the greatest athlete of them all? After reading Gene Schoor’s “Babe Didrikson: The …

My husband and I are retired and we walk daily in our neighborhood of Harbour Pointe. We have lived here 31 years and are astonished at how dangerous it is for us to cross the street at four-way stop …

Recommended vaccines for Medicare recipients

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I recently turned 65 and would like to find out which vaccines are recommended and covered by Medicare? – New Beneficiaries

It was interesting to read articles in the past two Mukilteo Beacon newspapers about how our politicians and our citizens are being confronted with, and responding to, efforts by the Washington State …

Can you be religious and believe in science?

A recent survey from the U.S. Census Bureau found the greater Seattle area to be the least religiously affiliated in the country. 64% of adults in our area never or rarely attend religious …

Things I’d rather not know

It is said the information revolution, partly fueled by the internet, social media, and media in general surrounds us with information 24/7. Over the years, including before the internet (we’ve …

Your Public Records Act is being eroded

The people have a right to know. That was the idea in 1972 when a citizens’ Coalition for Open Government in Washington state successfully worked for the passage of Initiative 276, a …

The freedom of living in the United States

I was thinking the other day about just how much freedom we have living in the USA. What got me thinking about this? Simple, I happened to be driving past a very large gas station – …

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