This is not a letter I really want to be writing but there
are times when I pick up the newspaper after a city council meeting and I just
want to cringe because of some of the attitudes being expressed and some of the
statements being made by some of the members of the Sunnyside City Council.
This may come as a surprise to some people, but this town's
population is about 80 percent Hispanic and 50 percent female. This is reality.
There is at times what could be described at the very least
an undercurrent of hostility. When you think this way, talk this way and
surround yourself with people who are thinking and talking the same way, you
become tone deaf to it. It becomes a bad habit, like swearing.
The rest of the world, though, isn't necessarily tone deaf,
and some of those people who are out there are the ones making decisions about
whether or not to invest money in this community. But who wants to invest money
in a community that is working on what could be called a "family
Mature people work with reality. There has been enough
bemoaning the situation and it is time to get over it. If anyone has taken the
time to notice, the whole world is watching and the image we set is important.
/s/ Carol L. Peterson, Sunnyside