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Local bond proposal appalling

I am absolutely appalled by this athletic bond proposal that I received a flyer for on Wednesday.

While I understand that improvements must be made, why don’t we ever hear of property tax increases for additions to the library, or the art department, or the music department, or the drama facilities? It’s always about the athletics.

Never mind the fact that art students at SHS have to paint over old canvases, or that students might not be able to find adequate resources in the library, but they’ll have fresh turf to play football on. Never mind that students need tutors more than a new announcer’s booth or scoreboard.

Why don’t they find four million dollars to improve education, rather than sports?

I will definitely vote down this measure. Don’t ask to raise my property taxes until you do something about the libraries!

/s/ Sarah Gonzalez, Sunnyside

Over-population

of dogs, cats a big problem in society

I am a senior at Sunnyside High School. If you don’t already know, seniors now have to pass the senior project in order to graduate. For my senior project I chose to do research on veterinary medicine.

I have learned a lot from doing this project but the most important thing that I have learned is the over-population of animals, mainly cats and dogs. I didn’t think it was really a big deal until my mentor, Dr. Hockett, explained to me why they want the people of our community to know the importance of getting your pets spayed and neutered.

It is actually a big problem in our society today. On average, 90 percent of animals found are euthanized, or put to sleep, because homes cannot be found for them. Irresponsible people that make bad decisions in not getting their animals spayed or neutered are the main cause of this problem.

I have a story of my own toward this situation. A couple of years ago I had two male dogs and one female dog, and they were not spayed and neutered. They ended up killing a few of our neighbor’s goalts unintentionally. My family was told that we had to put the dogs to sleep. So we spent almost $200 on euthanizing our dogs. From research that I did, I found that spayed and neutered animals are least likely to run away from home, and are also calmer. If we had our animals spayed and neutered, maybe that wouldn’t have happened.

So, I want our community to know how important getting your pets spayed or neutered is. This Friday (April 28) at the Sunnyside Pet Health Clinic (2210 E. Edison Ave.) we are doing an animal wash for people who can’t afford to get their pets spayed or neutered. It is from 1 to 6 p.m. It will be very helpful if you can bring your animals to get a nice bath.

Please understand, this is a very important issue, and we want to make a difference. See you this Friday!

/s/ Brittney Scherer, Sunnyside

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