Wednesday, February 14, 2007
As a relative newcomer to the area I have had the non-privilege of driving past the land of Prosser contractor Tom Paul and his childish signs in which may or may not be legal. I first saw the signs two years ago when I was commuting from the Midwest to Sunnyside on business. As a former county commissioner in the state of Kansas I can tell you it's not uncommon to see local feuding between land owners and city hall.
However, I think in this case it has gone past a simple dispute and has started to resemble two men clearly in need of psychological help. What is truly in the best interest for the community is obviously not being considered. Unfortunately, it comes at a great expense to the citizens and taxpayers of Sunnyside.
Bob Stockwell, Sunnyside's city manager, has been empowered by the people of Sunnyside and had been entrusted to do what's best for the city and its finances. One has to ask, is Bob Stockwell doing what's best for the city by these countless court appearances and lawsuits over a few inches of right away and/or some stupid sign code violation? I can tell you first-hand that when the courts get involved with their high priced attorneys no one wins.
Fortunately, we live in a democratic society and can express ourselves at the polls every four years in this great country of ours. These are the freedoms that our young men and women are fighting for every single day. One would only hope that none of our fighting men and women have to read of this childlike behavior that is going on here in the States by two local businessmen (AND I DO USE THAT TERM LIGHTLY) who have lost all concept of what's best for the city and or his business.
I have two young, impressionable children that live in Sunnyside and also have to drive by these very unattractive signs. One would only have to hope they grow up to be better citizens/people than these two men.
/s/ Mike Spini, Sunnyside