Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Guy with biggest gun wins dispute?
I found the front page photograph of the Jan. 5 edition of
Daily Sun News
and sad. I have no personal agenda in writing this letter, just concern for
I do not know either Mr. Tom Paul nor Mr. Mark Kunkler
(Sunnyside city attorney), but it seems to me that there had to be a better way
to resolve the issues at hand than to tear out Mr. Paul's fence posts. I, too,
realize that this issue has been a long standing dispute, but there are better
ways to resolve differences.
The photograph gave me an uncomfortable feeling of "the
guy with the biggest guns" wins the dispute. It's very sad that it all had
to come to this. When is someone going to get physically injured before it is
I'm hoping to read that the city and Mr. Paul can come to
amicable conclusion to this entire situation.
/s/ Lucy L. Dykstra, Grandview
Leave Paul alone
I have lived in Sunnyside for many years now and I can
honestly say at this moment that this city is very disappointing.
I have followed the Tom Paul saga for months and I want to
reply by asking....what is the City of Sunnyside thinking? Is there not
anything else in this town that you can focus your attention on?
I can sure think of many things for you. Downtown Sunnyside
is falling apart. It is the ghetto part of town and there is nothing appealing
to attract people. Businesses are closing their doors left and right and all
that seems to be taking their places are Chinese restaurants. We have enough of
What gives the city the right to enter someone's property
and take down poles? The city claims the sign was taken down because it
encroached the public right-of-way. I drive that road every day and I have
never had a problem with that sign. It has never been in my way.
If the city really wants to start talking about things
encroaching the public right-of-way, then let's talk about the shrubs right up
the road from Tom Paul's property that are in the way. The shrubs are sticking
out further than his signs were.
In my opinion the City of Sunnyside needs to leave Tom Paul
alone and focus its attention on using our tax money for better things in this
town. All this money that has been spent on this fight with him could have been
used for more important things....for example, more police officers to help cut
down our extremely growing crime rate.
I have enjoyed the signs from Mr. Paul. He calls it like he
sees it. Good man.
It is time to leave him alone and focus on more important
things in town. Make this town the appealing place that the city claims it to
/s/ Heather Robert, Sunnyside
I want to say that I enjoyed Frances Potts'
"stroll" downtown (Our Valley feature in the Jan. 5
Daily Sun News
). I think Sunnyside has
some very neat old buildings and I have often enjoyed looking at them when I
have walked downtown.
She did miss one of my favorite buildings—the H&H
Furniture building, or the old Howard's Drug Store building with its arched
second story windows.
I believe with some of these great assets it is too bad more
isn't being done to revitalize downtown.
/s/ Carol Peterson, Sunnyside