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City can't arrest its way out of a gang problem

As a resident of Sunnyside, I have to say that I was shocked, surprised and excited to see the community outraged at the city council for passing such a horrible ordinance this past Monday. Most of the community was crying out to the council not to pass such an ordinance as they felt it should have been a last resort.

Yakima County incarcerates more Chicano/Latinos per capita than any other place in America. Does that say that Chicano/Latinos are more likely to commit crimes? Or is it something more like institutionalized racism? It takes us back to the Zoot Suit riots.

I'm saddened by the thought that something like this could pass in my community.

I agree that there is a very real need to get together as a community and do something about the crime, the drugs, the violence...but incarcerating youth should be our last option, not the first.

I know that there will be three council members filing for their positions this coming election and I tell you, none of them will get my vote, and I'll work to see to it that none of them are re-elected.

The city should open up to more community members...these "gang" members are also members of this community, and the city of Sunnyside can not arrest its way out of a "gang" problem.

/s/ Madeline Alviso, Sunnyside

Legends commended

On behalf of the Granger Grid Kid program, I would like to thank Legends Casino and our friends from the Yakama Nation for their generous donation in support of our program.

Their help ensures that we will be able to continue providing a healthy, positive experience for many children in our community.

/s/ Frank Moreno, Granger

Parade thanks

I want to say thank you to the Kiwanis Club for putting on the Kids Day Parade last Saturday. This was the first time I participated in the parade. My cousins and I dressed up like cowboys, Indians, pioneer girls and we had covered wagons.

I also want to thank Ace Hardware for donating the bikes. I won the green bike and it's cool.

Thank you.

/s/ Colton Morrow, 3, Sunnyside

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