Wednesday, March 31, 2004
to be courteous
In defense of older drivers, I do not want to hear another
word about us (and I think I speak for a lot of us) and how bad and terrible we
Five or six times in the last two weeks or so there have
been accidents in the news about young drivers rolling their cars—two of them
on curves and over-correcting and winding up hurt. One ran a stop sign, etc.
In my own experience right here in and around town, three
times in the last two weeks I have had three or four young people tear out in
front of me like they had the devil after them. One of them had a cell phone in
her ear, another I honked my horn at and she gave me the finger. The other was
a young fella.
I am 74 and still drive one of the school buses. I have a
yearly physical and I want to say how much I appreciate the help that the
driving public is by letting all of the big yellow monsters in and out of here
We are all God's people and we have to get along here on
earth. And all you young people with your (music) blasters and noise coming out
your pipes—you are disturbing the peace. It is our space, also.
/s/ George V. Johnson, Sunnyside
may be closed
The Veterans Administration hospital in Walla Walla is now
under consideration for closure by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Closing
the hospital willo impact the veterans who live throughout the region and force
them to drive greater distances to get basic medical care, either as in
inpatient or outpatient.
Closing the hospital will make it more difficult to access a
health care system that is already overcrowded. Closing the hospital could
possibly impact primary care if the outpatient VA clinics in Yakima and the
Tri-Cities are closed, too.
I would like to encourage all veterans in Central Washington
to contact Congressman Doc Hastings and ask him: what is he doing to keep the
Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center open?
We need to work together and should strive to keep all of
our existing VA facilities open.
/s/ Robert Alan Wright, Yakima
I am a fifth grader at Bluford Grade School in Bluford, Ill.
My class is studying the states and regions of our country.
I am writing to your readers in hopes they might be willing
to send me any information or postcards about your state or region.
My class would like to express our complete thanks to anyone
Please send them to:
Rachel Palmer, Bluford Grade School, P.O. Box 19, Bluford,
S’side awards banquet successful
To all the generous folks who helped and contributed to the
Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet and silent auction on March
13, thank you very much! It was a great evening.
Special thanks to the Miss Sunnyside Court for the beautiful
cake, for serving at the meal and for assistance with the awards presentations.
Thanks also to Jensena Newhouse for help with serving. Once again, Navarro's
provided all we needed at their facility for our dinner and auction. Thirty-two
businesses provided table decorations and they did a fabulous job. The music by
Rhythm Dance Productions was a nice addition to the evening. Thanks to Kel
Allen Photography for being there to capture on film some special moments for
many families and friends who reconnected at the chamber banquet.
Pepsi-Cola Company very generously provided the soda for the
evening. And we are indebted to 14 talented cooks who made their scrumptious
specialty for our dessert auction, which was very successful. (Can you believe
$140 for a banana cream pie?)
And last but not least, we would like to thank the
individuals and businesses who made cash donations or contributed items to the
silent auction, as well as the people who made purchases at the silent auction.
We are grateful for the excellent turnout and the willing participation of so
many friends of the chamber. Also, it was truly a pleasure to honor 12
deserving citizens for their commitment to excellence in their school, office,
business, farm, volunteer activity, etc. They have raised the standard for all
Incidentally, we exceeded our targeted amount of funds to be
raised that evening. Thank you, Sunnyside.
/s/ Kathy Corliss, Director, Tourism & Promotions,
Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce