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I would like to invite the community of Sunnyside to attend the annual Sunshine Days Parade and fair.

The Sunnyside parade is on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. I encourage you to go out and support the city and Miss Sunnyside and her court as they make their final appearance as your 2005-06 ambassadors.

During the course of this year the girls have participated in 18 parades. Their float, “Over the Rainbow,” has won many honors and we would like you to send them off in style by attending the parade and showing your support.

/s/ Darla Van Corbach, Sunnyside

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Tuesday (Sept. 5) was the first day of school. As I walked in to meet my daughter’s teacher I was handed several papers for me to fill out and sign. Having picked most of them up several days before I had them ready for the teacher.

I was handed several more. No problem.

But to my surprise and anger I discovered that several of the sheets were in a foreign language, a language that I do not know, nor one that I was taught in while in school or that my ancestors spoke when they immigrated to the United States several generations ago. I asked the teacher where the German, Gaelic, Cherokee or English translations were. All I got was a nervous laugh.

I did not sign the paper, instead I noted that it was in a language that I did not speak. I wasn’t offered a translator, nor was I able to use my daughter to translate for me as the parent ahead of me did with her older daughter of around 9 or 10 years of age (they were speaking the foreign language).

What upsets me the most is that when my ancestors legally immigrated to America they came to give and to become a part of this great nation. They didn’t demand that people, businesses and the government spend millions of dollars printing everything in German, Gaelic or Cherokee. Rioting on the streets and causing disruptions weren’t part of the agenda either. Instead, they learned the national language—ENGLISH.

Did they give up their cultural and historical heritage? NO! But they did become part of the United States of America – E Pluribus Unum – out of many one.

We should stop spending money on extra paper and ink for multi-language papers, start putting everything in our national language (English), and use the savings to pay our top-notch teachers more.

/s/ Sara Lain, Sunnyside

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