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Play with fire -

get burned

What is wrong with our justice system? It is very appalling to know that a young man can start a fire, destroy someone else's property and get a slap on the hand for it.

Probation and a $500 fine is not nearly enough punishment for damages that totaled $1 million, as were levied against the boy responsible for the TV Towne fire in Sunnyside. He is old enough to know better and he needs to face the consequences of what he has done.

What kind of example is being set?

With a punishment like that I will not be surprised if more kids start causing trouble with the idea that they will get away with it.

Why can't this young man do community service? He needs to learn first-hand that what he has done was wrong and completely uncalled for. Maybe harsher punishments would help to cut down on crime. I am not suggesting that he pay all that money back, but why not pay the community back with some work?

Hold him accountable for what he has done. Teach him a lesson. After all, if you play with fire you will get burned.

/s/ Heather Robert, Sunnyside

Blood drawing another success

Sponsored by Sunnyside Community Hospital with Elaina Wagner as chairperson, the American Red Cross blood drawing held on Aug. 30 was a huge success.

We were pleased to have exceeded the goal of 73 units. We had 93 presenters, four first-time donors, 15 were unable to give, leaving 78 units collected. Because of the donors' efforts, 234 people will have another chance at life. Without the donors this drawing would not be possible.

Many thanks to the employees of the hospital for the juice, cookies, cheese and crackers, to United Methodist Church for the use of its hall and to Max of Washington Corrugators for displaying the banner at Centennial Square.

And then there are the volunteers whose services are always appreciated: Kathy Burger, Ella Mae Lochner, Alice Benedetti, Myrtis Lang, Ramona Meek, Phyllis Morris and Janine Castillo.

A very special thanks goes to Bob Story and the Daily Sun News for the excellent coverage of the importance of donating blood. Our local paper is the very best way to get the word out.

We hope to see everyone at the next American Red Cross blood drawing on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the United Methodist Church hall from 1 to 6 p.m.

/s/ Marie Handy, Sunnyside blood drawing chairman

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