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Capital confusion

I am writing this letter in hopes that someone considerably more knowledgeable than I can help me out. My confusion began as I read an invitation in the Daily Sun News on December 6, 2007. I am referencing the Christmas Musical to be performed by the choir of the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church on Sunday evening, December 16. As I read it I was extremely gratified to see that it was a Christmas musical and not a more "politically correct" Holiday musical so I really wanted to attend this event. Then my problem began.

The directions indicated that the host church was located across from the Public High School. I have lived in Sunnyside since 1940 when I arrived into this world in a small home in Outlook. In all of my years I knew of only two high schools in our community, Sunnyside High School, a large modern facility located at the corner of 16th and Edison and a small inter denominational private high school located on the North side of town, but no Public High School. Now I am fairly confident that there has not been a name change at the "Home of the Grizzlies" a school with a rich history of excellence evidenced by the huge list of famous and successful graduates. Not being quite as familiar with Sunnyside Christian High School, I would guess they have the same feelings about their school name. Now, my old English teacher, Mrs. Mannick, God rest her soul, always drilled into us who sat in her Sunnyside High School class in the late fifties that if it is capitalized it is a proper noun and a proper noun is a specific name or place, thus my conclusion, Public High School has to be a place or Mrs. Mannick will most certainly role over in her grave.

Following this logic I immediately contacted the Office of Public Instruction and inquired as to the address of this institution. I was informed that there was no Public High School in Sunnyside, Washington. Little do those people know. It was in the Daily Sun News. So now I am obsessed so I contact the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, the organization that oversees student activity programs in the state to get my answer from them. They had no record of Public High School either. Now, having been a part of this group for the past fifteen years I know that if they don't know about it, it just doesn't exist. I cannot adequately explain my distress upon hearing this piece of information.

Thus my plea, if anyone out there knows the address of Public High School please let me know as I really would enjoy seeing a CHRISTMAS program this year.

/s/ Confused and aging rapidly

Bill Gant

Principal, Sunnyside High School

Retired

(Editor's note: the capitalized words Public High School that Mr. Gant is referring to appeared in a paid advertisement, which are not edited and allowed to run as the advertiser sees fit, in terms of grammar, punctuation, etc. Letters to the editor are always edited, but in this case Mr. Gant's letter is published exactly in the form it was submitted.)

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