The Ladies Society of the Calvary Lutheran Church and
Farmer’s Insurance Group sponsored the American Red Cross blood drawing held on
May 2, at the United Methodist Church hall. Karen Kilian was the chairperson.
The quota was 77 units. We had 72 presenters and four
first-time donors. Eleven were unable to give, leaving 61 units collected.
Because of their generosity, 183 people will have another chance at life.
A special thank you to the Ladies Society for the delicious
home-baked cookies, Farmer’s Insurance for its generous donation of cheese,
crackers and juice, the United Methodist Church for the use of the hall, Max of
Washington Corrugators for displaying the banner at Centennial Square and Bob
Story of the Daily Sun News for the publicity.
I would also like to thank the following volunteers: Ella
Mae Lochner, Leona Kearney, Phyllis Morris, Chris Reihs, Esther Miles, Joy
Eirich, Evy Eirich, Leon Stewart, Daphne Stewart and Sharon Slaight.
A very special thank you to the donors, who are the lifeline
for the flow of blood in the valley.
The next blood drawing will be held Tuesday, June 27, at the
United Methodist Church hall from 1 to 6 p.m. We hope to see more people turn
out for this very important event to give the Gift of Life.
/s/ Marie Handy, Sunnyside blood drawing chairman
In reference to S.E. Lain’s letter to the editor, “when
shopping I was subjected to illegal children running around, throwing products
on the floor, screaming and running over me with shopping carts,”—wow, Lain
makes a very broad and ignorant assumption.
Her letter to the editor is not only showing our community
her ignorance and narrow-mindedness, but shows she has issues about her
Ms. Lain, are all your relatives born on American soil? I am
pretty sure if you’re not Native American you are a foreigner and if you’re
not, then somewhere along the lines of your family tree, they are. My point is
this, everyone who migrates to the U.S. is looking for a way of life that can
improve their survival…land of opportunity and land of the free.
Our community, whether you like it or not, is more than 80
percent Hispanic. The agriculture that many Hispanics work to put vegetables,
fruits and those extra pounds in your belly from McDonald’s and the local
watering hole you might visit are served to you by the Hispanic community.
The illegal immigrants are here because Washington is rich
in farm land and many Hispanics from Mexico are not unfamiliar with hard work.
Now they can have a fighting chance of $5 an hour versus two to three dollars a
day. Could Ms. Lain work out in the cherry, apple, grape and asparagus fields
for more than 10 hours a day? Most of them might be illegal, nonetheless are
contributors to our way of life. I am very thankful to those who suffer from
heat exhaustion and malnourishment just to help our economy grow.
Our constitutional right as Americans is to have freedom of
speech. Ms. Lain definitely used it. However, maybe next time she decides to
voice such a generalization of Mexican students and their families, she might
think twice before she speaks. I’m sure she’s heard, “if you can’t say anything
nice, don’t say anything at all.”
My grandpa came to the U.S. on a program called the Bracero
Program. My Grandpa and Grandma Hernandez have helped pave the way for
entrepreneurs, teachers, correctional officers, principals and coaches. He is
now 93 and is still a very hard worker. He has been working all his life and
Think about it, S.E. Lain, we are a growing community
whether you like it or not.
/s/ Amanda D. Guzman, a proud Sunnyside Hispanic contributor
Letter reeks of ignorance, racism
I am writing in reference to the letter written by S.E.
Lain. I was born in Sunnyside, raised in Mabton and now reside in Los Angeles.
Although I do not live in the Yakima Valley any longer, I
still keep up on the latest through the Daily Sun News website. S.E. Lain’s
letter reeked of ignorance and racism. I am a white American who was totally
embarrassed for her and the comments she made.
I don’t think she belongs in a city like Sunnyside, where
most of the people doing farm work are Mexican Nationals and Mexican-Americans.
Maybe she should go out and cut asparagus and pick apples and cherries. If all
the “illegals” are sent back to Mexico, it will have to be people like her who
work in the hop fields and other agricultural type jobs. Is she willing to do
As for May 1
, my brother’s children who attend
Prosser schools are bi-racial—white and Hispanic. They boycotted school for the
day. They are not illegal. They are Americans standing up for something they
believe in one way or another.
I also can’t believe that it is only illegal children
misbehaving in school. Does Ms. Lain think her children do not misbehave at one
time or another? If she truly believes that, they have the wool pulled over her
eyes. Please, don’t teach your children the ignorance you have seemingly
Ms. Lain, let your children grow up to be healthy adults who
appreciate other races. Living in Los Angeles for the last two years, I have
come to appreciate all cultures. Please, do not prohibit them from being
I wonder if Ms. Lain was raised to believe in the Aryan
Nation. I can tell you that Sunnyside is no place for one.
/s/ Beckie Cornwell, Los Angeles, Calif.