on school bond
When I read the letter from Sarah Gonzalez (2-14-07) about
voting “no” for the Sunnyside school bond, I was very disappointed. It seems to
me that Ms. Gonzalez has either been misinformed or has failed to ask questions
about the bond and what it will be used for.
Yes, it appears a large portion of the money will be used to
update the football field and surrounding areas, but the auditorium will also
be receiving more than a new curtain. The auditorium would be receiving a state
of the art sound system, as well as lighting. When I called the district office
to confirm my own understanding of the bond, I was told that roughly the same
amount of money will be spent on the bleachers as will be spent in the
auditorium. The remainder of the bond will be used for new bathrooms and
concession stand. In addition, more parking will be created and the track will
Clem Senn Field is in dire need. It is not just the athletic
programs that are affected. Where will parents sit to attend graduation? What
about the various car and truck shows that are held there? Don’t forget our
students attend assemblies outside in the bleachers.
These bleachers are unsafe. It isn’t a matter of wanting
everything to be new and pretty. It is an issue of safety.
The resurfacing of the track will benefit those in the
community who use it for exercise
with our students.
I understand that many wonder why the bond money is not used
in the classrooms. Our classrooms have what they need and the monies that
supply the classrooms come from many other sources.
As a parent of two children in the
and as an employee of the district, I hope that the citizens of Sunnyside will
vote “YES” on March 13.
/s/ Stephanie Parsons, Sunnyside
As a citizen, a taxpayer and a landowner, what rights if any
do I have left? That is my question.
Have you had to deal with either your local government or
the county regarding the taking of your property? If not, consider yourself
Why should a city or county summarily decide something that
affects your property, and you have no say? And, to add insult to injury, it is
done in a gestapo type way.
At first you cannot believe, and then you find that to add
insult to injury you have no rights. Therefore, do not criticize those of us
who try to fight for our rights, which someday may be against you.
We have had this personal experience with
We purchased four acres of garbage and Russian Olives, which I immediately
began removing. Seven months later we receive a cease and
, because they say
I have destroyed wetland, which includes a $1,000 a day fine. It is not on the
deed, it is summarily decided by staff that I must fence off two acres and
cannot use it. I know it is not a
is up to me to prove that at my own expense.
At the same time the tax assessor increased my property
assessment $24,500, even though I could not use the two acres. Their
statement—we could care less. I did not appreciate their attitude or their
I therefore have to hire an attorney, a land specialist,
etc. Even if I can prove them wrong, it will all come out of my pocket.
Which is why I can relate to Mr. Paul and his fight with Sunnyside
City Manager Bob Stockwell.
I do not know Mr. Paul personally, however I
know that he has been a resident and contractor here for many years, and
because he now lives in Prosser should have no bearing on his property fight.
I could not believe that the voters turned down Initiative
933, which would have given the property owner some rights for a taking of his
property. The government would have had to not only justify the
they would have also had to compensate the
I personally feel that the landowners should have a resource
that is available to us at a reasonable cost, or even funded by whatever
government agency. Or, wouldn’t it be nice to have a group of attorneys offer
this as a public service, to assist in a reasonable and common sense solution?
Property owners need a place to pool and compare our
defense, as the government has unlimited resources—our taxes. If anyone has any
ideas call me at 837-3116.
/s/ Don Young, Sunnyside
by elected officials
This letter is in response to comments in the newspaper
concerning a “problem” in Sunnyside over certain members of the community not
being properly represented by elected officials.
During the 20-odd years that I spent in the military
defending the Constitution of this country, one of the tours of duty was
Washington D.C., at which time there were a lot of words being spoken about the
black population not being represented by the city administration in which they
lived. Things like no heat in the projects in the winter and no air conditioning
in the summer, potholes large enough to
some of the platform a potential black candidate by the name of
said he would correct if given the chance to be
He won the vote and that’s about all he
did. The same problems existed, but the smart citizens who could,
to the suburbs. Those who couldn’t
to live with Mayor
and his city hall.
According to what I have read, Sunnyside is a small city of
approximately 15,000 life forms, and herein
Of those 15,000 or so that claim Sunnyside as their home,
regardless of who is running for office, what their platform is or what else is
on the agenda, only about 3,000 citizens actually vote in any of the elections.
Those 3,000 people, roughly 25 percent of the total, decide what the other 75
percent will be doing until the next election.
To vote in this country you must be a legal resident over
the age of 18 and you must not be under the supervision of the law enforcement
community due to a serious crime. If you are legal, are 18, then you must
register to vote and you must vote regularly, otherwise your name is taken off
What this tells me is that 75 percent of the
either underage, illegal, felons or
that are too dumb or lazy to vote. And if that is the case, it is their
problem, not mine. I will continue to vote.
To hold office you must live in the area you wish to
represent, be a legal resident and of legal age. You should not have too many
skeletons in the closest and be of good moral character. Then you hope that
there are enough of those within the district you wish to represent who feel
the same way and will vote. That is the key word, “vote” you into the position.
But don’t be surprised that your elected official that you
voted for, suddenly changes horses in mid-stream and doesn’t want anything to
do with the platform they ran on.
Ah, the American political system…and you are back to square
/s/ James B. Krueger, Sunnyside