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Support appreciated

We at L&M Screenprinting want to thank all of our wonderful friends, our faithful customers, the Daily Sun News, US Bank, the Chamber of Commerce and our landlord for encouraging our small business.

The first year was a rocky road, and without the tremendous support from these groups and individuals, we would not have survived. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we thank the Lord that he has blessed us with all of you.

We look forward to many more years here serving this community.

Larry and Marietta Schmid, L&M Screenprinting, Sunnyside

Clarification

To my fellow council members and the public: after lengthy bombardments from the editorial portion of the Daily Sun News and in my frustration, I e-mailed many of my "friends" and recommended that they, if they were also frustrated, do what I had just done—1) stopped my subscription to the Daily Sun News, 2) paid my carrier two years in advance (so as not to victimize the innocent), and 3) recommend that they also access the Daily Sun News on the internet at www.dailysunnews.com instead of paying for a paper that consistently offends me personally. This seems like a very good way to boycott an objectionable entity. Note: this criticism was levied at editorial disrespect for schools, as well as the city and not at reporters.

I was asked by one of those "friends" if I was okay and also did I realize the retaliation that might take place, and that is what prompted the e-mail that has become public and that was my intent.

I also saw the opportunity to conserve dollars for the city and my reasoning was and is ethical, as well as economic, as well as "hello." Two can play the editorial game, Mr. Story from his ivory tower and me from my lowly council seat. I don't bow down to the power and inequality of "ink em" newspaper tactics!

Lastly, I hope that this further clarifies my position as a council member and as a community member.

/s/ Bruce Ricks, Sunnyside

Thank you, Sunnyside

I'm headed to Portland, Ore. around the first of April, and I couldn't leave without giving thanks. I'm not naming particular individuals because I could leave someone out.

The time in Sunnyside has been some of the most enjoyable and some of the most challenging experiences of my life. Who could ask for more from the community?

I've learned about love, hate, sticking up for yourself, your friends and the community, how to get way more involved than you ever intended, how to give and how to take. I've learned about advocacy work, playing politics and how not to make friends. I've made friends for life and friends I needed at the time I needed them.

I thank all of you with a kind word and thoughtful gesture. I know I'm blessed. I thank all of you who allowed me to know God doesn't always work in the ways I would choose first. But he still works.

Thank you, Sunnyside. It's been a pleasure serving you in the many capacities that I have.

/s/ Joanna Luft, Sunnyside

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