The Daily Sun News ran an article entitled “Statewide water fluoridation push ongoing” last March 29, 2005, about adding fluoride to public water supplies.

Why has the vast majority of Western Europe rejected water fluoridation? The governments of these countries are involved in protecting the good health of their citizens.

Fluoride is a highly toxic (poisonous) substance that is a waste byproduct of the fertilizer, aluminum and steel industries. The massive quantities of this poison (fluroide) has to be costly disposed of as “hazardous waste” or cheaply dumped into public water systems.

Many members of the Washington Dental Service Foundation stated in the March 29 article that water fluoridation is the most cost effective way to prevent oral disease. Look on the back of your fluoride toothpaste tube and you will see a “warning,” that if swallowed by a child consult the Poison Control Center immediately.

Basic chemistry shows that fluoride and mercury are highly poisonous substances. So, in common sense, would you want to subject a living person (young or old) to poisons?

The communities of Sunnyside and Grandview “do not’ fluoridate their water. I hope that the governing local entities will continue taking the “common sense” approach to the health of the citizens in the community.

Read on the Internet about fluoride, at




/s/ Davey Hazzard, Sunnyside

Chamber social

For those of you who were unable to attend the first tri-chamber social of 2006, you missed the party. What a spectacular event!

My hat goes off to Jacob Van Pelt and Don West for working so hard and diligently with the Grandview, Prosser and Sunnyside chambers of commerce staff and their members to make this event happen. The Best Western – Inn at Horse Heaven in Prosser was the place to be on Jan. 19.

It was wonderful to see so many people coming together to produce and promote an event that benefits the Lower Yakima Valley business community. There are so many people who had an integral part in making the event such a phenomenal success that it would take too long to list each one individually. So with having said that, I will say a huge thank-you to everyone who was involved. You know who you are and your efforts will be long remembered.

With more than 150 people attending the event it was a very fun and festive occasion. The resounding theme I heard from the evening’s attendees was, “Why haven’t we done this before?”

Well, just so you get the advance notice, there will be two more to attend this year—the summer event will be sponsored by the Grandview Chamber of Commerce and the Sunnyside Chamber will head up the one in the fall.

Hope to see you all there, as well.

/s/ Marnie Gibbs, Grandview

Who’s to blame?

Every time I read in the paper about our crime I want to cry. Who’s to blame?

Could it be the parents who haven’t done their job correctly? Is it too hard to teach a child honesty and to work to get the things they want?

Some of the young ones think they are the boss and can drink, smoke and stay out as late as they wish. What are their parents doing about it?

Evidently, not much since there are so many young ones breaking and entering, robbing, stealing cars, prowling, shootings, being disrespectful and taking drugs. Are they not smart enough to realize that drugs alter their brains? There’s enough literature out for everyone to read about what drugs do. Why aren’t they listening? Don’t they care they won’t have a future unless it’s in jail or prison? How do their parents feel about that?

Why can’t the ones doing crime be like the “achievers”—those wonderful young people living in this valley who we all look up to and wish that others could be like them. How proud their parents must be to know they have been very successful in raising honest and deserving young ones. We congratulate the parents. Wish we had more kids like them.

/s/ Bernice Seward, Sunnyside

Benefit a success

We would like to thank those merchants who donated to the Matt Honeycutt benefit we had at our post home: Ace, C Speck, Cliff’s Septic, Darigold, Frank DeBock Auto, Haircuts by Miranda, Aabco Transmission, Total Image, Grandview Market, Safeway in Sunnyside, Blue Sky Market in Mabton, L&L Drive Inn, M&J, Grandview Automotive, Clifton Cole and his boss for the backhoe donation, Alba’s Excavating and numerous other merchants and people who donated money and their time.

Thanks also to VFW 6929 for the use of the hall and to our manager, Bob the builder Tucker.

We raised $2,611.02.

Thank you all.

/s/ Jimmie Sternitzky, Men’s Auxiliary, Grandview VFW Post 6929

Talent show

The Sunnyside High School leadership class would like to thank those for contributing to our seventh annual Hospice Talent Show. The Lower Valley Hospice serves the terminally ill during the final stages of their lives, caring for both the individual and their families.

This talent show was a huge success and we were able to raise more than $1,500 for the Hospice program. The show took place Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Sunnyside High School auditorium and it was packed.

Once again, we would like to thank all for generously donating to the talent show. Your efforts were a tremendous help in this worthy cause.

/s/ Sunnyside High School leadership class


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