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Young Life appreciative

Lower Valley Young Life would like to take this opportunity to publicly express its appreciation to Curfman Steel for the donation of the storage shed, and to Manny Ledesma for providing the trailer to transport the shed to different locations.

Because of their generosity, enough raffle funds were raised to send 20 Lower Valley kids and five adult leaders to Young Life camps this summer.

It is contributors like these that make a difference in young people's lives. We are forever grateful to them for helping us fulfill our mission of introducing adolescents to Christ and helping them grow in their faith.

/s/ Lori Charvet & Lower Valley Young Life Committee

Anderson deserves break from war

I read the Daily Sun News on-line from Baghdad, Iraq every day. I was surprised to read the story last week about Wallace Anderson.

For the longest time I figured no one from small town Sunnyside would ever be out patrolling the mean streets of Baghdad. I was wrong. I have a lot of respect for the "chief."

I, too, work in Baghdad and have been tasked with providing diplomatic security services—"Executive Protection"—to U.S. diplomats in Baghdad, and find myself dealing with the same stuff former Sunnyside Police Chief Wallace Anderson did every day.

This is my third tour in Iraq. The first was with the Marine Corps during the invasion of 2003, then with a private security company called Spartan Group, and now with Dyncorp International, which contracts out to the Department of State.

Today, a rocket landed 100 feet from my operations room while me and my team were planning a mission to the Ministry of Interior. No one was injured but the Nepalese guards were a little shook up. Two days ago was a record high in attacks in and around Baghdad. There were 14 car bombings, and more than 180 local Iraqis died, mostly of Shiite communities.

I am glad Mr. Anderson is enjoying his time off. It's well deserved.

/s/ Raul Vidaurri Jr., Protective Security Specialist, Dyncorp International, U.S. Embassy annex, Baghdad, Iraq

Support lauded

The Sunnyside High School Grizzliettes would like to take this opportunity to thank the many businesses who have contributed to us this past year. We are forever grateful and will continue showing our gratitude, as well as to our parents and family members for helping us reach our goals this year so far, and to the Daily Sun News for covering our stories.

Thanks to a wonderful community for showing their support and cheers as we perform at halftimes or walk in the parades. And to the student body of SHS for accepting us and standing by us during our competitive season. Without all of you our smiles wouldn't mean the same.

/s/ Coach Melodie Lopez, Senior Captains Jacqueline DeRuyter and Valerie Diaz and the rest of the 2005-06 SHS Grizzliettes squad

Bill of goods?

I recently received a flyer in the mail from a candidate for Sunnyside City Council position #2. I was extremely offended by this flyer as it stated, "Are you happy that the smell is gone," and then asked the reader to re-elect Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Farmer.

I think that he is taking credit for removing the smell from the Monson feedlot. He has defiantly not removed the stench from the feedlot or the city council!

The Monson family has "removed" the offending manure from the former feedlot a grand total of 100 yards to the north of the previous location. The stench did not go away!

As usual, the city council sold the public a "bill of goods" to make themselves look like "responsible public servants" who have done a "great deed" for the public!

The fact that Mike Farmer takes credit for this "act" of good for the public only goes to show his true disdain for the citizens of Sunnyside and his lack of foresight in dealing with shrewd business people.

The true smell is coming from those on the city council who truly suffer from ignorance.

/s/ Rick Berk, Sunnyside

Sunshine Days

a great success

Thanks to everyone who made Sunshine Days a success.

It was great to watch people participate in the parade on a perfect parade day—blue skies, no wind and just the right temperature!

Special thanks to Darla Van Corbach for coordinating great kid activities at Centennial Square—books were read and given away, crafts were made and Sunnyside's Promise provided identity kits for kids. For several hours our downtown and Centennial Square were filled with people of all ages and cultures, enjoying our town and each other, a truly wonderful event.

A special thanks to Jose and Rosa (Chamber/SEDA staff), who helped out. Thanks also to Elner Becker and Karen Friend, who helped plan and implement the weekend's activities.

And hurrah for the untiring efforts of Pam Turner, events coordinator for the Chamber of Commerce. She created, she made it happen and she took care of all the many details over the entire weekend, and always smiling!

It was great to work with all of you and I hope next year will be bigger and better. Thanks.

/s/ Dorothy Leonard, Chairperson, Sunshine Days Committee

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