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Veteran’s Day turnout dismal

Nov. 11, 2004 there was a Veteran's Day celebration at the Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial in Sunnyside, and the turnout was very dismal. Why was there such a poor turnout? No one represented the City of Sunnyside.

We are a free country because of the sacrifices made by so many and we can not take time to honor the ones who sacrificed for us. I see so many ribbons that say support our troops, and yet when we have a Veteran's Day celebration we do not take the time to honor our departed veterans, veterans or the troops that are in harm's way at this time.

I do want to thank Sen. Jim Honeyford for being there and taking the time to honor our veterans.

/s/ Maria Roy Goedhart, Sunnyside

Gone fishing?

Nov. 11 is my husband and mine's anniversary. We got married on this day because he is a Vietnam veteran and my family has fought in every war that they were needed to preserve our rights, liberty and freedom. We believe in this country and the democracy that everyone wants but so few do anything to support.

My husband's employer has never given him this day off, so he was at work. But I went to the Veteran's Day observance at Ninth Street and Edison Avenue in Sunnyside. As everyone knows, I was there early, as I was taught that it is disrespectful to show up late. Imagine my feelings to not have any member of our city council or the city manager, city staff, police or fire in attendance!

Last year, the citizens were almost scolded for the lack of attendance, but when I asked the wife of one of our councilman where he was, "Gone Fishing" was her reply.

We are asked to support our President, the wars we are fighting, tighten our belts, hang in there until better days and not complain. Well, I for one am not going to keep my mouth shut. The fact is we are all busy people but there are still things that we should do because it is the right thing, not the easiest, most convenient or least costly, but if we don't learn to stand up, we should fall.

We lead by example. So, where were our leaders?

/s/ Carol Stone, Sunnyside

Gifts for troops much appreciated

I would like to thank Sunnyside Community Hospital employees and the people in the community who donated items, gifts and shipping funds for Christmas packages just sent to the 81st Brigade in Iraq. Items donated and sent in July were greatly appreciated by the soldiers. To date, there has been more than 600 pounds of donated items sent. They would like to thank everyone who has participated.

Not being with their families for the holidays is a hardship on our men and women fighting for freedom around the world. These Christmas items will again brighten their days.

I would also like to thank the Daily Sun News and KAPP-TV for helping get the word out.

Thank you everyone, and happy holidays!

/s/ Ruth Hagensicker, Sunnyside

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

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