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Paul’s actions inconveniencing local community

I noticed the report in the

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in regard to the restraining order by contractor Tom Paul, which brought the road work on South First Street to a halt. I have a few thoughts I’d like to share.

I’ve been offended by the sign text Mr. Paul has chosen to display. Not just because of the occasional reference to obscenity but because he directs his venom on Sunnyside’s city officials, many of whom are known to me personally. I can’t resist the impulse to defend them.

Don’t you feel it, too, Mr. Mayor? Why don’t we role play that event from the 1980s with President Reagan at the Berlin Wall. Mayor Prilucik can speak from the Bi-Mart parking lot: “Mr. Paul, take down those signs.”

I recall meeting with the city manager, Mr. Stockwell, a year or so ago with a proposal that would bring significant income to my business if it were approved. A few days later I received a letter from Mr. Stockwell, politely declining my offer. Although I regretted the opportunity for growth, I also realized that when you ask for something from others, sometimes the answer is yes and sometimes it’s no. Then you need to get over it. The thought never occurred to me that I should erect signs on my property and defame Mr. Stockwell or the city. I have the privilege of knowing Mr. Stockwell and respect him as a man of integrity and high moral character. We’re fortunate to have someone of his stature working for Sunnyside.

I understand the contention that Mr. Paul doesn’t agree with the city’s determination of his property line. However, does this affect Mr. Paul? It’s apparent that his property along First Street is idle (other than supporting his signage). Why should it matter then, if he has more or less idle land? Would he have to move his defamation signs closer together?

I wonder if Mr. Paul realizes the damage his actions have caused his business. I have a construction project or two coming up and I’ll need a construction company to do the work. I’ll be careful to avoid Paul’s Construction for fear that, if the business arrangement doesn’t go as Mr. Paul expects, I’ll see my name up on signs next to Mr. Stockwell’s. But then again, I read that Mr. Paul is a Prosser contractor. Maybe he maintains a respectable profile in Prosser and only soils the atmosphere in Sunnyside.

Can it be true when Mr. Paul hired an attorney to sue the city manager, by name, along with the city, that he purposefully made the effort to name Mr. Stockwell’s innocent and lovely wife, also? What’s her offense? Matrimony?

Our small business is located on South Hill Road and we’ve felt the impact of the construction at the end of the street. However, we realize that it will enhance access for our customers after it’s completed. Judging the character of the man from the evidence he gives us, I don’t think Mr. Paul considers, or cares, that he’s extending the duration of the inconvenience to the rest of the community, and to visitors entering our city, by the restraining order he initiated.

Although I respect the right to free speech, I’m convinced that Mr. Paul would have shown much more dignity if he had kept his issue in court and city council instead of polluting our main traffic artery with his adolescent whining. We already have to hold our noses as we drive by his profane display.

Where’s the exercise of eminent domain when we need it?

/s/ Douglas K. Barnes, CF, Sunnyside

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We would first like to say that we are extremely pleased that the turnout for Mabton Community Days was so great. Our goal was to bring the community out to the park for fun, food and entertainment.

Melodie and I have taken pride in trying to bring back a little tradition that we both remembered as young girls.

We would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for all of their love and support: Mabton Lions Club, City of Mabton, Mabton Police Department, the sponsors, the volunteers, Mabton Explorers, the food vendors, entertainers, Mike Desmaris for the use of his land, Vanessa Cervantes, Mabton VFW, Mabton High School, my aunt Natalie Palomarez, Blaze from Hot 99.7, Miss Mabton royalty, Mabton Fire Department,

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, parade judges, parade participants, the entire Mabton community and last but definitely not least our families, because without all of you this could not have been such a success. We hope we make you proud. We love you!

And for those we accidentally did not mention, thank you for your support.

/s/ Connie Beeman and Melodie Lopez, Mabton Community Days Committee

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