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There’s no reason

to not be informed when you vote for this year’s candidates

There are a multitude of political races in the Lower Yakima Valley that will be decided this election year. Not bothering to cast your vote because you don't know one candidate from the other is a poor excuse to abstain from the 2005 electoral process.

The Daily Sun News is currently publishing a "Meet the Candidates" editorial series. Each day a different political race is highlighted either on the front page or page 2. The candidates running for public office in Sunnyside, Grandview and Mabton are being given the opportunity to present their views—why they decided to seek public office, what they feel they bring to the table, what they see as their goals and priorities, and how they think they can effect change in their local communities. This informative series began this past Monday and will continue each day through Sept. 9.

We encourage our readers to clip out each day's columns. Re-read them, discuss what the candidates have to say with your family members and friends. Familiarize yourself with the people who are seeking to represent you.

If you see one of this year's candidates at the corner grocery or walking down the street or sitting in the bleachers at a high school sporting event, introduce yourself and ask him or her whatever you may have on your mind. If you're truly inquisitive and the candidate has their telephone number listed, call them and ask why he or she deserves your vote.

Then, when you cast your ballot in the Sept. 20 primary election and the Nov. 8 general election, you will do so as an informed voter. You will have taken an active role in the electoral process.

There are many well qualified candidates looking for your vote this fall. Find out who they are.

Roll up your sleeves

Have an hour or so to spare? That's all the time it takes to truly make a difference in someone's life.

There is almost always a shortage of blood supplies for people who are hospitalized or require emergency care. These victims...who could just as easily be you, your mother or father, son or daughter...rely on the generosity of blood donors during their time of need.

The simple act of rolling up your sleeves and allowing an American Red Cross nurse to syphon off a small unit of your blood can make all the difference in the world—the difference of life and death.

The blood drawings held in Sunnyside typically draw anywhere from 70 to 90 people. Back in the 1950s, when the population of Sunnyside was about one-third of what it is today, it wasn't uncommon for more than 150 people to show up and donate.

Please consider dropping in at next Tuesday's Red Cross blood drawing, to be held at Sunnyside's United Methodist Church from 1 to 6 p.m. Anyone 17 years of age and older, who is in good general health, is eligible to give of themselves.

Spread the word, let's flood the church hall on Aug. 30. You'll walk away feeling good about yourself. That's a promise!

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Editorials reflect the opinions of the Daily Sun News' editorial staff, not necessarily those of any one single person employed by the Daily Sun News.

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