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
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
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
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