Councilman promises sound fiscal decisions
As a member of the Sunnyside City Council, I listened
intently Monday night as many citizens stepped up to the podium and made it
clear that they are against privatization. A few of those individuals made very
poignant arguments, however, the fact of the matter is this, for every city
that has had a bad experience with privatization, there is another that has had
a good experience.
Now, I am not saying that I am either for or against
privatization. What I am saying is that the citizens of Sunnyside elected me to
be their watchdog, to make sure that I make sound fiscal decisions when it
comes to using the city's money. In order to do this, I need to be able to look
at all aspects of the city's budget. This includes possible privatization.
Good citizens of Sunnyside, I will promise you this, whether
or not I vote in favor of privatization, I will never vote for less quality or
poorer standards regardless of the cost.
/s/ James A. Restucci, City Councilman, Sunnyside
Untruths about teachers don’t help fix schools
I have had the privilege of getting to know Michael Kantman
over the past couple of years in the capacity as a tennis and basketball coach.
He does a great job covering our local teams and I find him very likable on a
personal level. I was, however, disappointed at some of the things he said in
his personal column titled "Election night headache" (11-3-04).
I also voted against I-884 because I don't think throwing
more money at the education problem is the answer. I would like to see the
education system use existing money more effectively. In that sense I agree
with Mr. Kantman.
However, Mr. Kantman's discussion of teachers wanting more
pay is very off base. He notes that teachers "work a six-hour day, only
work 180 days out of each year, and get to work with children." One part
of that statement is true, we do get to work with children. This can be a great
joy, but it can also be a tremendous struggle to have 150 kids that you are responsible
for on multiple levels.
As a teacher, I take issue with Mr. Kantman's comments
regarding teacher work hours. The contract for teachers in Sunnyside requires
that we be at work from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. If my math is correct,
that's seven and a half hours a day, not six. I don't know very many teachers
who keep that schedule. Mr. Kantman might want to look at the sign-in sheet at
the high school, or others for that matter, so he can see the hours that
teachers come in to do work for which they are not paid. As a teacher, a
50-hour work week is not uncommon. I have had many full time jobs in my life.
Teaching is the most time consuming, mentally taxing and rewarding job of them
When I got into this profession, money was not a deciding
factor. I wanted to have time in the summer to spend with my family. What a
dream that was! Not only is my summer taken up with preparing for the next
school year, I am required by the state (at my expense) to increase my
education. When do you think that is done? So why is there a teaching shortage
in many parts of this country?
The way Mr. Kantman described it, you'd think everyone would
want to teach. So, here is an open invitation. If being a teacher, advisor and
mentor to 150 students daily on a $30,000 a year salary appeals to you, then
this is a great job. Oh, you have to use your summers to continue your
education on your dime (about $10,000 for me so far in my fourth year).
I love my job and wouldn't trade it for any career. I chose
it over law school because of my passion for it. It's just frustrating to read
misconceptions like Michael Kantman's, because teachers give their all to a
system that has rules that they must live under. Fixing the system should be a
priority, but promoting untruths about a teacher's job doesn't help.
/s/ Troy Whittle, Sunnyside High School social studies
our rec programs
I was dismayed to hear that the city manager plans to
eliminate the position of parks and recreation manager and divide the
responsibilities of that job between the park supervisor and the secretary of
the parks and recreation department. Do you believe these two individuals can
handle their own duties, plus supervise the community center, museum, senior
center, swimming pool, organize the children's soccer and baseball teams and
organize the special craft and recreation programs for adults?
As an example of one event, last year I volunteered to help
with the summer track meet. There were 300 participants. This event was held on
a Saturday. Would the parks and recreation secretary or park supervisor be able
to organize and run all of these track events and also do their regular duties?
The parks and recreation manager is responsible for the
swimming pool programs, events at the senior center and the management of the
sports leagues by assigning fields and organizing games. Will the department
secretary and park supervisor be able to know what strokes should be taught in
the different classifications of swimming classes? Besides their regular duties,
will they be able to check on all the sports leagues and their field
assignments and organize the league? Will they be present at the senior
citizens casino night and participate as dealers?
The citizens of Sunnyside deserve a well organized recreational
program that meets the needs of all ages. These activities provide outlets to
many who would otherwise not have these advantages. When these programs
decline, we will have more juvenile problems and associated negative behaviors.
Please join me in opposing the decision of the city manager
to destroy our progressive recreational program for all people in the city of
/s/ Dorothy L. Aiken, Sunnyside
will be missed
The City of Sunnyside will certainly miss Mr. Steve Evans, a
long-time member of the police force.
My family and I had the pleasure of meeting Steve when he
came to St. Joseph's Hospital here in Tacoma to witness the birth of his first
grandchild, Coven M. Evans Olivas. During his visit he spoke often of "his
town" with great pride. He exhibited to the community he loved the same
caring that he showed his oldest daughter during the difficult birth. His
strength, kindness and love helped us all, and we join the City of Sunnyside in
their fond farewell.
We will all miss him very much.
/s/ Rosalinda and Ron Olivas, Tacoma
Gubernatorial candidate offers thanks to voters
Although the governor's race isn't yet decided, I want to
take this opportunity to thank the readers of the Daily Sun News for their
involvement in the democratic process, whether or not they voted for me. It was
a long campaign, and I truly enjoyed getting to know the people of Washington.
I also want to express my good wishes to Christine Gregoire
and her family. No matter what the outcome of this race, I feel blessed to have
had this wonderful experience.
If I do win, I'll start putting in place my Forward
Washington agenda to get our economy going again and help get people back to
work. If I don't, I'll consider it one of the greatest honors of my life to
have had the opportunity to run for our state's highest office.
/s/ Dino Rossi
Blood drawing very successful
Sponsored by the Nouvella Club with Rita Blunk as
chairperson, we had a very successful blood drawing on Nov. 2.
The quota was 70 units. We had 87 presenters and three
first-time donors. Ten were unable to give, leaving 77 units collected. Because
of their efforts, 231 people will have another chance at life.
Many thanks to the sponsors for donating the cookies and
juice, the United Methodist Church for the use of its hall, Bob Story for the
great publicity in the Daily Sun News and Max of Washington Corrugators for
displaying the banner at Centennial Square.
I would like to thank the following volunteers: Ella Mae
Lochner, Myrtis Lang, Alice Benedetti, Phyllis Morris, Trude Meadowcroft, Letha
Grubb, Lu Ann Roach, Nita Coleman, Lila Furukawa and Ruth Stark.
A very special thank you to the donors, who are the lifeline
for the flow of blood in the Valley. We hope to see you at the next blood
drawing on Jan. 4, at the United Methodist Church in Sunnyside from 1 to 6 p.m.
/s/ Marie Handy, Sunnyside