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I have watched the little battle that Tom Paul has been waging with the City of Sunnyside without forming an opinion of who is right and who is wrong.

It may very well be that Mr. Paul has a legitimate complaint, I don't know. The one thing I am sure of is that Tom Paul has now gone too far. Comparing Bob Stockwell to Saddam Hussein in his latest sign shows either no understanding of the comparison, or a total lack of sensitivity and judgment. The last time I checked, Bob Stockwell wasn't torturing people. I'm certain that our city council wouldn't be so daft as to hire a man who used chemical weapons in a genocidal act against his own people.

I understand what point Mr. Paul is trying to make, but this is in extremely poor taste. This is even coming from a conservative who can't stand political correctness!

When I moved to Sunnyside almost four years ago, I reserved judgment on the city. It didn't take long for me to call it home and love it. I think that our city in general is headed in the right direction and gaining a more positive image. These signs on Mr. Paul's property don't help what people think about our town. I understand that Tom Paul lives outside of Sunnyside, so he may not share this view.

If Bob Stockwell wants to use city funds to erect a fence covering these signs, then that sounds like a sound investment in improving our city's image. After all, the city government has the "right" to build this fence, just like Tom Paul has a "right" to build his signs.

So please, Mr. Paul, for the betterment of our community, be more courteous and fight your battle in a less offensive way to everyone. I don't like it when my 5-year-old asks me what some of the words on your signs mean. I gave him the advice that you gave everyone. You know, if you don't like what the signs say, then ignore them. I guess he just doesn't understand.

/s/ Troy Whittle, Sunnyside

Jump rope event

On Feb. 11, Chief Kamiakin Elementary School held a Jump Rope for Heart event, raising money for the American Heart Association. I am very pleased and proud to say that our students raised $5,000.

I would like to thank Wal-mart and Pepsi for providing snacks and door prizes for the jumpers. I would also like to thank Julie Schmick and the staff at C.K. for all of their help and support; Isidro Caballero and Jerry Poff, who were there to help and to cheer on the students; and Shirley Pedraza, Felicia Abbott and Lisa Tiliano for going above and beyond. Thanks, too, to Dave Martinez and the leadership class from the high school for their invaluable help during the event; and the parents, friends, neighbors and relatives of our students for supporting the jumpers' efforts. Also, thanks to the Daily Sun News and Melissa Dekker for their excellent coverage and support, and lastly the students, themselves.

I am extremely proud to be associated with such a wonderful, giving, loving group of kids. The students at C.K. make my job the best job in the world.

Thank you to everyone involved, you are all very much appreciated.

/s/ Deana Dalton, Sunnyside

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