Our Lady

of Guadalupe

I'm writing to express my gratitude to Lower Valley Memorial Gardens for recognizing the importance of the Virgin Mary by honoring her with a statue. The statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a wonderful tribute to the Mother of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

I was somewhat dismayed, however, when I read a recent letter to the editor that said she degrades someone's religious beliefs. Perhaps that individual is not aware that as God fearing people, Christians do not worship statues. The statues only serve as a reminder of the person and causes one to meditate on the importance of that individual, very much the same as a picture of a loved one does.

The Virgin Mary is a perfect reminder of what it means to give yourself to God fully and unconditionally, just as she did when the angel Gabriel announced she was to be conceived by the Holy Spirit and give birth to the Son of God.

Her apparition in Mexico City in 1531 proved that millions could forsake their pagan gods and be converted to a Christian life. The symbolism of the portrait she left on the tilma of Juan Diego and the discussions she had with him proved to the Aztec Indians that she indeed had a message of salvation that was beyond what their pagan gods could provide. She brought the people to her Son, just as she did throughout her adult life.

The message she represents is that we can always be better Christians if we just do as her Son tells us, very much the same message she told the servants at the wedding in Cana, and the last words she spoke in the Bible, "Do whatever He (my Son) tells you."

/s/ Robert Gutierrez, Yakima

Guantanamo Bay

In response to The Newcomer's suggestion that we let the detainees at Guantanamo Bay go free or give them a trial, let us not forget that these prisoners are the Taliban who swear to kill and are prisoners of war and are enemies of the free world.

Prisoners of war are not subject to trial and probably will be set free after we win the war on terror.

Let us not forget Sept. 11, 2001.

/s/ Robert F. Story Sr., Sunnyside

Alumni game

Thank you to the Mabton second grade girls and sixth grade girls teams for putting together a great alumni high school basketball game between Mabton and Granger last Saturday night.

I wish more were involved and more participated. We heard negativity going into it, but were pleased with the outcome.

Good luck at Hoopfest. We hope that you raised all your money.

/s/ Kerry Griffin, Grandview

July 4th donations

I would like to personally thank all of the businesses, employees and especially the customers who generously gave their donations to the 4th of July fireworks show! It is with your contributions that the show will happen each year.

See you on the 4th of July.

/s/ Carol Stone, Sunnyside


The Sunnyside Athletic Club would like to congratulate Lanna Pangle ($1,000), Andrea Phillips ($500), Brenden Scott ($1,000) and Reid Schilperoort ($500) for being awarded the scholar athlete scholarships for 2005.

/s/ Rick Van de Graaf, Sunnyside


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