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
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
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