Wednesday, February 23, 2005
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
Thank you to everyone involved, you are all very much
/s/ Deana Dalton, Sunnyside