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How sad is that, that the city of Sunnyside has NO plans to celebrate the 4

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of July other than the fireworks on the evening of the Fourth.

WOW…what has happened to our community? Are we no longer Americans?

We celebrate Cinco de Mayo, which has vendors, a parade and activities for three or four days, however we don’t have any plans for the 4

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of July! Are we, the community of Sunnyside, no longer Americans that we have no plans to celebrate our independence?

What have our forefathers and present young people fought and died for, but to keep us free? Yet, we have no plans to celebrate this great event.

How sad…that we are not proud enough to celebrate our freedom and independence!

/s/ Arlie Holden, Sunnyside

Local baseball group positive influence on kids

I would like to take this opportunity to thank some very hard working, dedicated and committed people in the community of Sunnyside. While we hear about increased crime rates, see an upward trend in drug abuse among our youth and continued unemployment opportunities, it is good to see an organization such as the Sun Valley Baseball League create a caring and learning experience for many young men in the Sunnyside area.

John and Daria Miller gave up good portions of their free time over Memorial Day weekend, along with the coaches and players, to hold a car wash and hot dog feed, all for the Sun Valley Baseball League players’ uniforms.

When my grandson, Jaime Sarmiento, was hit in the head by a pitch, his coaches John Schmick and Rick Puentes stayed with him and the family into the wee hours of the morning. The 13-year-old team’s coach, Jaime Garcia, is working with this young, raw talent and helping these youngsters learn about the game. Bob Sarmiento Jr. has been assisting in promoting baseball skills and sportsmanship, and Jessica Sarmiento has been instrumental in keeping the game book with accuracy and diligence. The coaches, parents and board members of this league have been donating their time, skills and monies to help our youth of Sunnyside, and I believe they are doing a great job.

Last of all, I would like to thank all of the sponsors for my grandson, Andre Sarmiento, who is excelling in this program and who graciously appreciates all the time and donations to enable him to play: ACE Postal, Mark Van Hollenbeck of Vanmar, TeePee Auto Wrecking, the Sarmiento family and Erasmo and Angie Cerda.

We need more committed and concerned adults in our community to help form our children into adults with respect and responsibility, and I thank you, Sun Valley Baseball League, for stepping up to the plate!

/s/ Tina Knoth, Sunnyside

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