I just today wrote this note to Mr. Stockwell, Sunnyside
city manager, and ask that you would include it in the Daily Sun News:
"What a refreshing summer! For five days in a row, as I
have walked out to get the newspaper, I have been able to breathe deeply. How
wonderful to smell mint instead of manure!
"Although I may not agree with all your decisions, I
applaud your follow-through on this vital environmental change!"
/s/ Karen Helsel, Sunnyside
‘Right to leave’
In the Daily Sun News article of July 12, "Aguilar
challenges appointment of Werkhoven to adjustment board," what does Ms.
Aguilar mean, "We are going to be hurting on diversity" when she
objected to the appointment of Chad Werkhoven to the board of adjustment?
Someone from Dutch descent was appointed to this board. Is
that not diversity? Or does she think her people are the only ones who need to
Following is an article I just read, called
"Immigrants, not Americans, must adapt." It states that we have gone
so far the other way, bending over backwards to not offend anyone, that we are
now being offended.
It continues on to say we are tired of this nation worrying
whether we are offending some individuals or their culture. We are not against
immigrants, nor do we hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life
by coming to America. Our population is almost entirely made up of descendants
of immigrants. This idea of America being a multi-cultural community has served
only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity.
As Americans we have our own culture, our own society, our
own language and our own lifestyle. This culture has been developed over
centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who
have fought for freedom. We speak ENGLISH, not Spanish, Portugese, Arabic,
Chinese, Japanese, Russian or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to
become part of our society, learn the language.
"In God We Trust" is our motto. This is not some
Christian, right wing, political slogan. We adopted this motto because
Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this
is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls
of our schools. If God offends you, then you should consider another part of
the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.
We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change.
This is OUR COUNTRY, our land and our lifestyle. Our First Amendment gives
every citizen the right to express his opinion and we will allow you every
opportunity to do so. But once you are done complaining, whining and griping
about our flag, our national motto, our way of life, I highly encourage you to
take advantage of another American freedom—THE RIGHT TO LEAVE.
/s/ H.J. Timmermans, Sunnyside
SHS senior party well supported
On behalf of the Sunnyside High School class of 2005, I
would like to thank all of the Sunnyside business community who helped with
their generous donations, the staff at Sunnyside High School who made
graduation and the senior party an unforgettable night. A heartfelt thanks to
all the junior class parents who helped with the food and preparation of the
senior party. A very special thank you to our senior class parents. We really appreciated
all the hard work and fund-raising that they did to make it such a great, great
From the class of 2005, thanks for the memories!
/s/ Pedro F. Marquez II, SHS senior class president