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Sunnyside just as safe as Grandview

As a 13-year resident of Sunnyside I was hurt by the inflammatory nature of the “ride-along” story in the Dec. 19 edition of the Daily Sun News.

The author notes her residence in Grandview. I fail to see what can be gained by pouring fuel on the fire that suggests that one city six miles from the other is more safe. Baloney. Perhaps the author forgets the murder that took place in Grandview a few years ago, or the murder that took place outside Benton City. Whoah, better stay away from there, too.

We live in a fallen world, that is a fact. There is crime in every city of every size in this and every other country.

This doesn’t mean you don’t lock your doors and take other simple precautions. It also doesn’t mean that we are crime riddled or unsafe.

I am proud to be living in Sunnyside. I feel safe, and imagine most people do, too.

/s/ Tom Lathen, Sunnyside

Generosity

The Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) would like to take this opportunity to extend its heartfelt thanks and appreciation for a successful Christmas party.

On Dec. 14 DCFS held a Christmas party for the children we serve (foster care, relative care, group care and in-home services). This event would not have been possible without the generosity of local communities. A special thank you to the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church for use of its facility, and Santa for making a special appearance.

Many individuals and organizations graciously purchased Christmas gifts for more than 70 children. A whole-hearted thank you goes out to them all.

It is truly an honor to be a member of a thoughtful and generous community.

/s/ Sunnyside DCFS staff, Delores Cantu

Mabton dinner

I would like to thank the senior citizens of Mabton for attending the Christmas dinner, along with the seniors who couldn’t make the event but had a dinner delivered to their house.

This Christmas dinner was a special one as we celebrated 34 years of success, and acknowledged the founding ladies, Thelma Satterfield and Lorene Stottlemeyer. These ladies started this dinner to honor the senior citizens in our community. The committee and I want to inform the community that the tradition will continue.

I wish to acknowledge the merchants that donated to our dinner that made everything possible—Safeway, Wal-Mart, Fiesta Foods and Blue Sky Market. We had a tremendous amount of volunteers. I also have to give special recognition to the students at Artz-Fox Elementary for making the decorations for this year’s dinner. The decorations were a big hit, and we can’t wait to see what decorations the students come up with for next year.

I also have to acknowledge the special people on the Christmas Dinner Committee who helped make this dinner run smoothly—Manuel Soto, Mauricio Cerrillo, Delia Cerrillo, Rosa Hernandez and Joping Hudson. Without these people the dinner wouldn’t have been a good success.

The last thank you is to our fabulous cooks who volunteered their time. These ladies each year take one day out of the year to help with this dinner. These special cooks are Sharon, Rhonda, Christina, Irma and Laura.

The last cook who needs acknowledgement is my father, Don Pierce. He started volunteering with my mother, Sandra Pierce, and continues to do his work. I thank you, Dad, for helping me make this dinner a success in the memory of my mother.

/s/ Shannon Pierce, Mabton

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