Motorists need

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 drive.

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 and there.

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

VA hospital

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

Info needed

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 who writes.

Please send them to:

Rachel Palmer, Bluford Grade School, P.O. Box 19, Bluford, Ill. 62814

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 of us.

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


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