be allowed to defend themselves
Disruption of the educational process, what does this mean
to those who administer discipline at Sunnyside High School?
I'm writing as a concerned parent to voice the troubles I've
had concerning one of my children who attends the high school. My son is a
senior this year. Since the ninth grade he has had nothing but trouble with
other students harassing him and instigating fights. In every situation he was
told to walk away and try to find a teacher to help, which he has done before
but still received a punishment.
First of all, how many teachers do you think are going to be
on top of the situation if they're not aware of the problem?
Just recently my son was harassed again at school by another
student. We were not notified. My son told us of the problem. He was pulled
from class on one occasion and was told by an assistant principal that it was
only the second week of school and he had already been in the office three
In our eyes his problem was being ignored by the same people
we think should be concerned with the safety of our children when in school.
I've had phone conversations with one of the assistant principals and let him
know of the concerns I had for my son, and that I was to be notified in the
future if any problems occurred, and that I wanted this problem solved with the
other students. I was assured it had been resolved.
Two days later my son was assaulted from behind. He turned
around and defended himself, and tried to walk away but was pursued again. My
son was suspended from school for five days because he didn't walk away. The
assistant principal's way of looking at it was he should of turned around and
walked away. I don't know about anybody else, but doesn't that sound just a
little bit strange that if you're being attacked from behind, you should walk
away? Maybe if you're Superman, but there are no super heroes here, because if
there were we wouldn't have to deal with people like the assistant principals
at Sunnyside High School.
You can't close your eyes and pretend you're living in a
perfect world. Instead, you should keep your eyes open to reality.
My point in all this is, what are we teaching students at
school? I'll tell you what, we're teaching them, no matter what the
circumstances are, there will still be consequences for all parties involved.
Where do you draw the line?
I will continue to teach my children to walk away as I have
always done in the past. But I do believe that when put in a situation beyond
your control, you will and should defend yourself.
We will, of course, go through the proper channels as we've
done in the past, to try to appeal the suspension ruling. But here is where
things get really odd. You see, your're allowed to appeal a suspension, but
that does not stop the suspension. By the time you go through the appeal
process, his five days will already be served. So even if you win an appeal,
your child will still have missed school. Shouldn't they wait to see if the
suspension is upheld? Does it matter if a suspension is served right away or in
a week or two?
This type of system needs to change and I can only hope it
is changed before my other two children attend Sunnyside High. Maybe by then
there will be a better system. Until then we will have to continue to deal with
/s/ Sam Dorsey, Sunnyside
Complaint needs to be investigated
This week the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on
Standards and Official Conduct, also known as the House Ethics Committee, must
make a decision vital to our democracy. Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington state
is one of the 10 committee members. This group must decide whether to
investigate the serious ethics complaint it received against Rep. Tom DeLay of
Texas this summer.
According to House rules, no other group or party has the
power to investigate a U.S. representative. The charges are serious. They
involve outright fraud, money laundering and the illegal use of federal troops
to push through the redistricting of Texas.
Unfortunately, four of the representatives who are members
of the Ethics Committee, including Washington's own Doc Hastings, have taken
money from Mr. DeLay or from his PAC in recent years.
What does it say for our government when a man charged with
engaging in "pay-to-play" politics can also pay off the members of
the jury that must decide whether to investigate him?
If the charges are groundless, let an investigation put them
to rest. If, however, members of the committee who have been paid by Mr. DeLay
lack the integrity either to recuse themselves or appoint special counsel to
look into the charges, then America's representative democracy suffers a
terrible blow. What confidence can we then have that our representatives in
Washington, such as Rep. Hastings, will actually represent the people whose
votes sent them there, instead of representing those who fill their pockets?
/s/ Celeste Pagano, Houston, Texas
The Red Cross blood drawing held Aug. 31 was sponsored by
Sunnyside Community Hospital. Yolle Widdows-Guizar was the chairperson.
We had 79 presenters and four first-time donors.Thirteen
were unable to give, leaving 66 units collected. Because of their efforts, 198
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 publicity in
the Daily Sun News and Max of Washington Corrugators for displaying the banner
at Centennial Square.
And then there are the volunteers whose services are always
appreciated: Alice Benedetti, Myrtis Lange, Ramona Meek, Ella Mae Lochner and
A very special thank you to the donors, who are the lifeline
for the flow of blood in the Valley. Hope to see everyone at the next blood
drawing on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at the United Methodist Church in Sunnyside, from 1
to 6 p.m.
/s/ Marie Handy, blood drawing chairperson