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Letters To The Editor

Change to Civil Rights Day would have been disrespectful

I know the vote already has been passed to recognize the holiday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as it is and not as Civil Rights Day, as suggested in Sunnyside earlier this month. But I just felt the need to give my thoughts on the situation.

In my humble opinion I think Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday should be recognized for what it is in our city. I feel that changing his birthday to Civil Rights Day is disrespectful towards him.

If our city really wants to have a Civil Rights Day, then why not change a day that we really don't need, for instance Flag Day. As a student I don't understand the meaning of Flag Day because of the fact we aren't taught about Flag Day in school. But as for Martin Luther King Jr., we learn about him in our school and have been taught to recognize him as an important man.

If we, as students, have learned to honor him as an important individual, then I don't see why our city isn't able to recognize him as an important individual as well. Our city council is supposed to represent our town, and by changing Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday to Civil Rights Day not only makes the City of Sunnyside look bad, it also makes our town look prejudiced.

It shouldn't be about what our council members want. It should be about what our city wants.

/s/ Devina Martinez, Sunnyside

Photos need home

I need assistance. My name is Miles Purves. I was the husband of Darlene (Shafer), now deceased.

I have in my possession two photo albums showing pictures of the following families: Shafer, Brookenrich and Crawford. I would like to make contact with family members who are keeping an historical record of the above family names so I can pass these photos on to surviving children.

Any assistance you could provide would be deeply appreciated.

/s/ Miles Purves, 1001 So. 336, #116, Federal Way, Wa. 98003

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