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
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
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
/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
/s/ Rick Van de Graaf, Sunnyside