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Thank you for the coverage of our weekend pancake breakfast for Rotaplast. Everyone at the paper has done a good job covering Daybreak Rotary and giving outstanding coverage to Rotaplast—whether it be my trips or the fantastic job Rich Strain of the Noon Rotary Club did on his mission to Vietnam.

I want to assure everyone who bought breakfast Sunday, and everyone who has given donations through Daybreak Rotary, Grandview Rotary and many others that you are not paying for my personal expenses to travel to Guatemala. My wife and I have paid those expenses (about $1,500). The money you have donated goes either directly for payment of surgeries, or to help underwrite the airfare of volunteer doctors and nurses who make the trip. Every Rotarian traveling on one of these missions pays his or her own way.

I would also like to thank the Rotarians, generous children and moms, and the wonderful ladies who have donated quilts for us to wrap children in after surgery. The generosity of all who support these world-wide community service trips is an outstanding example of the selfless nature of the people of the Valley.

The article in Monday's edition could have led one to believe that those who made donations were paying for my trip. I want to thank the Daily Sun News for coverage, but also make that point of clarity. It will also be my honor to send a story back home while I am in Guatemala.

/s/ Tom Lathen, Sunnyside

‘Grease’ cast wonderful group

We recently had the pleasure of hosting the cast and crew party for the Sunnyside High School production of "Grease." There was a little apprehension in opening our home to 60-plus teenagers, but that disappeared as soon as they showed up at our door.

They were wonderful to have. The parents of all of them deserve a big round of applause for raising such great young people!

/s/ Joel Rasmussen, Sunnyside

Full funding

for education

If public school teachers had responded to the call for higher standards with excuses and denials, they would be justifiably scorned. But this is how our local legislators have responded to calls for fully funding basic education and I-732 (cost-of-living adjustments for educators).

If taxes need restructuring to fulfill the state's constitutional duty, then legislators Honeyford, Chandler and Newhouse need to roll up their sleeves and give us results, not excuses.

Contact your local legislators and tell them you want the best for our students, so fix the revenue system now.

/s/ Dan Thomas, Zillah

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