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Vote no on aquatic center

On May 17, the Grandview Park & Service Area will be asking for your vote on a $6.8 million, 25-year bond to build the proposed aquatic center within Euclid Park.

This park is a nice green space, in a residential area, presently used all year for recreational activities. Do you want to see this area covered with 125 parking spaces under asphalt, and an aquatic center that will be used a maximum of 65 days a year, depending on the weather? I think not!

We have Dykstra Park, with its walking path, shelter and play area, or Country Park would be more acceptable for this aquatic center. Euclid Park is the wrong place for any aquatic center.

It's projected the annual operating and maintenance costs for this aquatic center will be $164,088. How much will daily usage fees (currently $1 for up to age 17) have to be increased to meet this cost? The increased real estate tax on each $100,000 assessed value of your property will be $88.28 annually for 25 years. Can the community afford to support this aquatic center?

We need to replace our existing pool with a 50-meter, eight-lane competitive tank, which we know will be used for 25 years, at a much lower cost. Do we need all the additional amenities being proposed with this aquatic center?

Vote no on the aquatic center.

/s/ Helen Darr, Grandview

Unfair to target PRIDE students

I would like to remind the Sunnyside School District board members and community that PRIDE High School is less than one-tenth of the size of Sunnyside High School. Therefore, percentages of a small pool of numbers can be manipulated to represent what the author's intent is.

For example, I can honestly state that 100 percent of PRIDE's 10th grade student population recently completed the WASL, but this is based on 29 sophomores. Though these percentages seem high and show a positive situation, actual numbers may be small.

I would also like to remind everyone that most, if not all, of our students were once Harrison Middle School students, as well as Sunnyside High School students. Therefore, I believe that it was unfair to target only PRIDE students as needing "some sort of drug/alcohol screening program next school year." If this should be implemented, it should begin at the middle school level and continued throughout their high school career. This would be regardless of attendance at either Sunnyside High School or PRIDE High School. This would have a greater impact in reducing continued drug/alchol abuse if it were identified, and treated early on.

We have wonderful students at our school. They have had, and continue to have, many successes. There are some school board members who realize and understand that without PRIDE, these students would not even be in school. You're welcome to drop by and visit us at PRIDE any time.

/s/ Teri Alvarez-Ziegler, science teacher, PRIDE High School

Thanks to those who gave support

As of April 25, 2005 my position as Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce marketing and events coordinator was terminated. I want to personally thank those members of the Sunnyside community and Chamber of Commerce who have supported my endeavors to bring a "fresh start" to our community.

Thank you for the opportunity to work to unite our diverse population and truly become a more united and active community. I truly enjoyed working together to break down barriers which have kept us from communicating with the wonderful people downtown and throughout Sunnyside that never were represented in a positive manner.

At some future date, I may have an opportunity to work with you again, which I will be looking forward to.

/s/ Carrie Stone, Sunnyside

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