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Serve community core first, then expand the city

I've been a resident of Sunnyside and the surrounding area for 60 years. Recently, I have been plagued with several vandalisms, break-ins and numerous other crimes.

Usually I, and others like me, when we are victims of crime do not even report it. But lately, I have called the Sunnyside Police Department...so many times that I am totally embarrassed. I feel that the police department does care and they do try. We have some devoted and loyal officers in this town.

But, we do not have enough of them. The city manager and city council should do whatever it takes to make our police department stronger and more efficient. The city manager and city council need to review their priorities into making this town safer for all of the residents, especially the senior citizens and our children. The people of this community need to be more committed to making Sunnyside a safer community.

We shouldn't be using our resources and spending money on somebody's signs. Sell the Monson property swamp land to developers. Sell the civic center. Close one park and sell it to developers. We no longer have a parks and recreation director, anyway. Instead of giving the city manager a $20,000 raise, invest that money towards another police officer. The city manager should take a cut in pay. No more raises.

We should be asking for pledges from the business leaders and contributions from the major stores, like Wal-Mart, where our police department appears to have to respond on a consistent basis.

Don't keep trying to expand the community when it cannot even take care of the core of the community. We need to prioritize the resources that we have back into what is already here. Once that has been built back up and we are able to protect it, then expand. But the city isn't doing that.

There are a lot of people in the community who care about Sunnyside. Most of the police officers care and are very devoted to this community. They do want to do what is best for Sunnyside. We as a community need to help them do their jobs by reinvesting into the police department. Hire more qualified officers.

/s/ Jerry Herrmann, Sunnyside

Thanks for votes

My heartfelt gratitude to those who offered me their advice, support and encouragement to run for election to the Sunnyside City Council. I will try my best to serve the people of Sunnyside.

I would like to continue to hear from you, the voters and the people of Sunnyside; what your concerns, ideas and thoughts are toward continuing to make our wonderful city safer, healthier and more prosperous for all who live here or visit.

Everyone cane make a difference! Thank you to the voters. Your vote was your voice.

I would like to give special thanks to those who gave me their support, also a very special thank you to my daughter, Carrie Stone, my campaign manager, and my husband, Delbert Stone, for his continuing support and love.

I would only ask for the thoughts and prayers for all the members of city council who serve the community as their representatives.

/s/ Carol Stone, Sunnyside

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