Friday, December 15, 2006
Considerable news space has been contributed to the
Sunnyside City Council’s efforts to “clean up the community.” However, special
considerations need to be made before making these immediate demands.
As pointed out by Councilwoman Carol Stone, one individual
who was charged with property compliance was not only on an oxygen tank, but
her primary caregiver was out of town being treated for cancer. I remember receiving
a notice from the city that if we did not clear off our lower lot of excess
shrubs immediately, we would be charged more than $2,000 for non-compliance by
the city. My husband was fighting cancer at the time. I did not have the
equipment, nor was I strong enough to mow the lot. Thankfully, family helped us
by coming in and doing that job at the time, which we gladly paid for.
But what if someone didn’t have the means to pay, and no
family to do the task? What then?
Maybe the city council considers that the world is built of
super humans who will live forever (even though they might be 90+), continuing
to keep up with everyone who is 20+. We need to readjust the expectations.
Regardless of the city council’s super human capacities, not
everyone has those resources. In fact, we have tremendous poverty issues in
this community, and it is time for people to respond to the realities of the
elderly, the disabled and the infirm.
I would ask that at the next council meeting these issues be
addressed, rather than those that have taken center stage to date.
/s/ Sonja McDaniel, Sunnyside
Sunnyside’s Lighted Parade Committee would like to thank our
sponsors—Sunnyside Community Hospital, Banner Bank, the Port of Sunnyside, our
announcers Dewey from KXDD and Greg Craber from KAPP, the float judges, and our
plaque sponsors – Sunnyside New Holland, Bierlink Construction, Dr. Randall
Schuler, B-7 Engineering, RDO Equipment, Daily Sun News, JRJ Services, Central
Pre-Mix, Delorie Johnson, Horizons Inc., Bob’s Auto Clinic, Sunnyside B&B,
Banner Bank and Valley Truck Repair.
Thanks also to our media sponsors – KAPP, KXDD, Daily Sun
News, The Source, and to Aztlan Sportswear, our story teller Jim Galbraith and
to the Sunnyside Community Christmas Choir. Additional thanks to the city of
Sunnyside, Ace Hardware, the Sunnyside police and fire departments and most of
all the participants, who put in many hours and light bulbs to make the parade
a success, and of course to the people who endured the chilly weather to watch
We believe this was the largest viewing crowd to date. We
couldn’t have done without you, all of you!
/s/ Pam Turner – Sunnyside’s Lighted Parade Committee