We do live in a great country. Having read the letters to the editor this past week, it's great to see that the right of free speech is alive and well in Sunnyside. I refer to those accusatory letters from the unsuccessful candidates in recent past city council and school board elections. All of whom are quick to criticize our current mayor for defending the city manager in print prior to and after the meeting that resulted in the manager's submission of his resignation.
My point is that good city officials do that sort of thing because it is the professional thing to do (George Steinbrenner might do it a different way, but he has often shown himself to be classless).
Hiring and firing "in the press" is frowned upon in business and political circles. Our mayor took the high road and let the situation play out without making any public judgments. Ed Prilucik, our mayor, is a high-class individual who has given of his time to make Sunnyside a better place to live. He has no agenda and serves the public with an open mind.
The fact that he wants to continue doing this job is further evidence of this man's dedication to this city (Or his complete lack of good sense).
If you want to cast your ballot for Tom Gehen because you believe he is a good candidate, you have that opportunity in this great country. However, it would be entirely unfair to vote against Ed Prilucik because you believe he has done something wrong or he has done something to promote a personal agenda in his office as mayor. Giving numerous years of his life to deal with the problems faced by this city demonstrates a tremendous willingness to serve this community, which should be applauded, not discredited.
I urge you to support Ed Prilucik in this election.
/s/ Bob Thomas, Sunnyside