Spray paint sales
I, like so many others in Sunnyside, have been concerned
about the numerous incidents of graffiti, both in town and in the county areas.
Because of this concern I share a recent incident.
I was in line at a large retail chain store located here in
Sunnyside, waiting to pay for my purchases. Ahead of me were five or six
teenage boys who must have had 20 to 25 cans of spray paint. As I watched them
purchase this spray paint I was surprised that no questions of ID or age were
asked by the clerk. (I thought you had to be over 18 to buy spray paint.)
I was next in line and I asked the clerk if you have to show
ID to purchase spray paint, and she said no. Then, much to my surprise, because
one of the items I was buying was a box of Advil cold medicine I was asked to
show the clerk my driver's license, and I am well over 18!
I guess the moral of the story is...if you are sick be
prepared to show ID at this store, but you can buy all the spray paint you
want, no questions asked.
Perhaps the Sunnyside City Council and Don Vlieger could
talk to that particular chain store's manager and get them to stop selling
spray paint to minors. If they do have that policy, then they need their
checkout clerks to enforce it, not overlook it.
/s/ Katie Martin, Sunnyside
Vote yes Feb. 3
I am writing to ask everybody to vote YES for both the
Sunnyside school bond and special levy on Feb. 3.
Check out the financial information provided in the school
district's latest newsletter, in former Superintendent Mac Chambers' letter to
the Daily Sun News and in the support committee's flyer. The figures make
The Sunnyside School District boards of education have a
history of looking ahead to make sure that proper and sufficient housing is
provided for students. I think this bond and levy is another positive step in
So please, vote on Feb. 3 and vote YES for the bond and YES
for the special levy.
/s/ Martha Stewart, Sunnyside
Vote yes twice
Before long the patrons of the Sunnyside School District
will have the opportunity to vote on a special levy and a building bond issue
in support of quality schools.
For many years we never had the opportunity to vote for a
levy. The only that was submitted to voters in the district was a bond to build
new buildings. The absence of a levy, although keeping our taxes at a minimum,
meant that other people in the state were doing at least as much as we were to
fund our school system. Now, with the increased demands placed on education
with the President's Leave No Child Behind concept and the somewhat infamous
WASL, we need to pay special attention to our specific needs with increased
enrollments leading the way.
We live in a time of state matching funds, levy equalization
monies and other financial advantages that play a big role in helping us
determine the special value of levies for programs and bonds for buildings. The
only way to qualify for these additional monies is to pass a levy and a bond.
In proposing the levy, the school district has gone out of
its way to keep taxes at a minimum. In fact, Sunnyside is one of the lowest
taxed districts in the state. With the past levy and bond we have gotten a
considerable bang for our buck.
Approving the new opportunity before us will increase our
tax levels only slightly and will assure the construction of at least one new
facility for our expanding populations, and maintain certain programs that are
of value to our students and to the quality way of life we enjoy in our fair
We have the opportunity to bring at least 40 million new
dollars into our district by voting yes twice. Please, vote YES for the levy
and YES for the bond. Do it for the kids.
/s/ Jim Galbraith, Sunnyside
It is clear Washington state's medical liability system is
broken. The recent news that emergency room doctors and hospitals across the
state have lost their malpractice insurance are just more examples. Jackpot
jury awards and settlements are making medical liability insurance either
unaffordable or completely unavailable. Ultimately, this hurts patients. All
For many physicians, even those without complaints against
them, skyrocketing medical liability insurance premiums are forcing them to
limit high risk services, move out of state or close completely. If this
continues patients will have much less access to delivery rooms, operating
rooms and doctors' offices, along with limited access to specialists in
Tort reform is essential if we want people in this state to
have continued access to quality health care. Limiting medical malpractice
awards is good public policy that puts more money in the hands of the injured
patients, instead of in the hands of personal injury lawyers.
Doctors and patients should contact their legislators and
urge them to pass meaningful tort reform, including a cap on non-economic
damages, before physicians can no longer afford to provide essential medical
/s/ Dennis & Darla Williams, Port Orchard