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
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
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!
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.