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Support for fire crews appreciated

Being a wife of a firefighter, I would like to publicly thank Red Cross, Wal-Mart, local businesses and citizens that rallied to take care of our firefighters during the fire in Grandview this past week.

It feels good to know that when we can't be there to feed and encourage our firefighters, that you are!

A big thank you to all of those who supported our fire crews, police crews and city crews!

/s/ Tami Mason, Grandview

School board candidates

On behalf of the Sunnyside School District Board of Directors, I would like to extend our thanks to the 10 candidates who applied for School Board position #4.

Volunteering to work on the Board of Directors is a substantial time commitment. It requires many hours of study, meetings and public service.

When long-time board member Fred Kilian passed away, the Board was deeply saddened by the loss of such a great man. He was a staple on the Sunnyside School Board for more than 24 years. His desire to improve education for all students throughout the Sunnyside community was obvious.

The torch has been passed to a new board member, Steve Carpenter. We are deeply humbled that so many fine people stepped up with a desire to help students in our community. We know that without the dedication of residents like these, our students wouldn't have the opportunity to learn in a safe, quality school system. Thanks to each of the 10 candidates for their commitment to the children of Sunnyside.

/s/ Dr. Richard Cole, Superintendent, Sunnyside School District

Tainted candy

For the past few months there has been a constant warning of certain candy containing lead. The candy may be coated with chili powder, or mixes of salt or lemon flavors. The lead in these types candy can cause high blood pressure and can also lead to brain damage in children.

The funny thing is, vendors are still selling these types of candy.

If there is any suspicion that such candy is on store shelves, the health district can just offer advice, they don't have the authority to remove the candy from the stores. It's up to the parents to protect their children from this candy.

If these types of candy are so harmful to our health, why are they still on the shelves of our local grocery stores? I believe these candies need to be removed from our grocery stores.

/s/ Chelsea Skyles, Sunnyside

Readers’ response to family in need?

I would really like to know how far the article that appeared in the Daily Sun News, "Grandview woman faces lung transplant," actually reached out into your community.

As small as both Grandview and Sunnyside are I would really be interested in how much this "down home" community has come to the aid of the Castilleja family. What else is being done for Ofelia?

In a time where there is so much need in the world, a focus on the giving spirit of a community such as that of the Lower Yakima Valley would be a welcome and refreshing change in this world full of chaos and turmoil.

Kudos to the Daily Sun News staff for helping out. God bless Ofelia and her family.

/s/ Rosendo I. Ruiz, Mountain View, Calif.

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