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June 24, 2020 CHUCK’SWORLD Lights, camera, comb — It’s COVID time here’s nothing I trust less — a random anecdote, a suspicious Abra— ham Lincoln quote, Donald Trump — than my own memory. This is so common among my peers that it’s hardly worth mention- ing, and most times is marked by an eye roll or some other shorthand to indicate that the source material is unreliable. "I remember is usually followed by this shorthand, alerting the listener to beware. I could be making the whole thing up. Again, if you’re around my age or older, I don’t even (HS have to mention it. The need to fact—check our own recollections is part of the process, something responsi- ble people do automatically. We assume errors in recall and look for backup. Or, we double down like a crooked police detective trying to affirrn a bad bust, inventing evidence to sup- port our story. All of this is bad. The following is suspect, then. I will stand by my story ‘ until someone points out the error, but I’m going to CHUCK s|sARs assume some errors. GIUGG'WYW-COM One night many, many years ago, my father came home from work with a tape recorder. It was a small reel-to-reel machine, and here’s where my memory immediately goes off the rails. I know I’m probably conflating this gadget with the one seen at the beginning of "Mission: Impossible,” the one that self-de- structs five seconds after playing the secret message. It was just small, almost a toy, and I have no idea where my dad got it. It’s possible he was using it to record voice memos or whatever the equivalent usage would have been in the early 19605 in his situation. It was just a machine. It just wasn't common yet. In a few years, cassette players would start to show up in American households, but before that tape recorders were for hobbyists and audiophiles. Music was vinyl; the rest was technical. I knew what it was, though, and what it was forsMy father handed the little microphone to me, nodding that it was OK for me to record myself, and I immediately ran to the bathroom to comb my hair. That's what I remember, anyway, my dad laughing at me, reminding me that no one would be able to see my ‘cowlick'on the tape, but I was 6 or 7 years old and it was Showtime. It's just a funny memory, specific enough to make me think there's some truth there. I do know that tape recorder stuck around for years, long after the novelty faded. Nature eventually provided remedies for pesky cowlicks. It’s just a story. But I thought about it the other day, when I suddenly realized that I was brushing my teeth before an impending Zoom call. It’s Showtime for everybody now. I’m hardly a stranger to video calls, being a grandparent in the 21 st century. New technology is developed by young brains, but stick it between us and a grandchild and we’ll be early adopters, you bet. So this is more of the same, but "more" is the operative word. Technology that’s been practical, useful, and available for more than a decade only became common once it became necessary. Overnight, it seems, we became used to seeing rows of boxes filled with some- times-confused faces, peering at screens, determined to stay in touch. And we’re getting better at it. I have several regular video confer- ences every week now, and I’ve noticed improvement. It's the perfect environment for self—correction,- get a glimpse of yourself, staring down at the phone in your lap, noticing the striking resemblance to Iabba the Hut, and you’ll up your game pretty quickly. We’ve moved past the "Is this thing on?” stage, in other words, from practical to performative. Lighting has improved. I’ve noticed some ladies wearing makeup, and while looking a little ragged is part of the COVID chic, we’re all making more of an effort. There are few cow- licks to be seen, although it's not perfect. In fact, one of the happiest things about this horrible time for me has been watching people intermittently forget that the Zoom window is not, in fact, a mirror. A conversatiOn will be rolling along pleasantly, and then someone notices a blemish or a hair out of place and it gets fun. I've known cats that are less fussy about grooming. It’s been a pleasant surprise. I had a long conversation with old , friends last week, three men unaccustomed to staring into cameras, and it felt natural and unremarkable, really. I participated in a script reading with a bunch of actors I didn’t know, sitting in rooms around the planet I’ve had book discussions and planning sessions. You don't need me to tell you that things are bad. I’m a natural opti- mist and I’ve got plenty of hope currently, but I trust that feeling about as much as I do old memories. I’m constantly looking for verification. And I think I may have found some, just a little, in the ways so many‘ :of us have adjusted. We ache for human contact, long for physical touch, yearn for the days when we could breathe the same air and not imagine floating globs of virus particles, but we adapt. ‘ If we have to stare at a webcam for the duration, then that’s what We'll do. We’re all grandparents now. We need to see faces, and we’re managing. We're even combing our hair. I’m probably the only one brushing his teeth. 3 As I said, it's Showtime. www.mukilteobeacon.c0m COUNC'ILCORNER Mukilteo Beacon Neighborhood safety is top priority appreciate the assistance and support of the com- munity so much. It’s beautiful to see people of dif- ferent faiths, cultures, and beliefs working together on such a major development. Now I want to help ensure the future is protected for all our residents. COUNCIL connrn I love Mukilteo and I want to make our city an even better place to live and work. As always, neighborhood safety is my highest priority. As long as I am on the council, I will make sure that our residents are safe and ‘ prosperous. There are many challenges for me in the council. We started with a tie breaker decision vote in the council, including the long-awaited mayor's that officer Chauvin, who murdered George Floyd, had 17 prior complaints. In such cases, I demand responsible authorities take action to dismiss every officer with a history of police misconduct. All lives are very precious and we cannot afford to lose our loved ones, neighbors, or youth. The tragic event of George Floyd should make us reflect on how we can be proactive in these situations before it happens here. Fortunately, our Mukilteo police department, led by Chief Kang, is one of the most-respectful and professional departments that I have every come in contact with. Police Chief Kang reached out to res— idents about the programs that our Mukilteo Police Department implements, which include crisis com— munication and deescalation training Mukilteo av RIAZ KHAN MUKILTEO CITY COUNCIL } from paged ' main reasons they became an offi- cer, and why they put the uniform back on again each shift. It is unfair, and wrong to treat us as though we are all the same, just as it is wrong to describe and characterize all people by their skin color. We are all individuals, and should be treated, valued, and weighed in our actions as such. I fully agree with you that the classroom provides a nurturing environment where students from all walks of life can grow in depth of relationship, and understanding, and appreciation and acceptance for different cultures and ways of life. Those are wonderful things, but your assertion of,”persistent racism and aggression" of the po- lice towards the black community is both false and serves to under- mine that classroom mission. It also alienates the vast majority of police officers who stand with the rest of the nation appalled by how George Floyd was treated. It alienates the vast majority of police officer who are passionate about fairness and justice for all people in our criminal justice sys- tem. Our engagement, along with many other people, is critical to the meaningful dialogue needed to bring about necessary change as we "struggle (with you and with minori- ty communities) to live our ideals of liberty and justice for ALL.” You are right to condemn four very specific officers and their hei- nous, inhumane actions. I and the full-salary decision. Now I feel like I am a quarterback in the council. _ The recent demonstration in Mukil- teo was organized by the youth of our city. People heard Mayor Gregerson's speech. I was honored to be asked to speak by our Mukilteo students on this topic. During my speech, I deliberately mentioned everyone. ' entire law enforcement communi— ty join you in that condemnation. But you are wrong to continue to perpetuate the false narrative of police brutality towards minorities in America, wrong to paint with broad strokes about all police of- ficers I I expect that as my children at- tend the schools you manage, that they will be taught that the mur- der of George Floyd was wrong, AND that police officers have a right to defend themselves against violent aggression, AND that riot- ers who senselessly and violently attack innocent people and police officers are wrong. ChrisPerisho Mukile Gmgmmmkfian dfinganwdhadflz guMflflmuuBUmeum I watched the YouTube video of this and saw and listened to Coun— cilmember Riaz Khan speak to the audience. He said fire a Mukilteo police person if they have "one bad mark on their record.” Coun- cilmember Kahn should apply this to anyone who represents the City, including Councilmembers and the Mayor. COVID-l9 is a serious disease that kills people. Mr. Kahn told the protestors Black Lives Matter. So do the citizens of Mukilteo. Current virus preventive re— quirements limit groups to no more than 5, not the hundreds officers are also conducting training on the actions of the officers in Minneapolis. If anyone has any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me, and my doors are open for Mukilteoleader@gmail.com Mkhan@mukilteowa.gov. of people in the protest in which Mr. Kahn participated. Masks are required and social distancing of gt least 6 feet are required. Councilmember Kahn did not comply with these requirements that are publicized daily by many sources, including Boeing, where he works and the Mayor’s daily email newsletter. Residents over 60 are in the high risk population where 86% of deaths have occurred from COVID—l9. My wife and I are near the top of that high risk group and there are many others in Mukilteo in this high risk group. Mr. Kahn disregarded the COVID— l9 require ments, which is a "bad mar ” on his record. Thus, although he cannot be fired, he should resign to comply with his strong publicized views of how one bad mark on a police offi— cer should be dealt with. Councilmember Kahn said to the crowd in his speech that Black Lives Matter. His disregard for not complying with the COVID- 19 re quirements indicates he does not care as much about the high risk group that is subjected to failure to comply with those requirements, resulting in a much greater risk of death if the virus is transmitted to one or more of them in our com— munity, including me and my wife. Mayor Gregerson publishes a Mukilteo email newsletter daily, which continuously includes the COVID-l9 requirements. She also did not follow them and participat— page } from page And I thought of all the lives she’d never be able to touch, and all the good she’d never be able to do, no matter how high she might have risen in the world, whether she’d become President, Senator, CEO, teacher, coach, or that most important job of all. mom. What a loss, for all of us. Maybe for just a instant I was able to begin to get a sense of the anger and the rage that so many African-Americans have had to endure for too many years, not just starting with the killing of George Floyd, but with all the oth- er people of color who have been murdered solely because of the color of their skin — their lives cut short before fulfilling the promise of their lives. ' Sudokusolufion nanuna BEEEEIIE annular: annual: EEHEEEIIEI Eflflflflflfl EIIEIBEEE EEEEIIEE Eflflflflfl The racism in our country that diminishes the value of Black lives must end. ' Black lives matter. 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