Wednesday, September 19, 2007
A rave for moving Sunshine Days to Central Park. The park setting offered shade and provided a great backdrop for last weekend's festival. The new contests for the most part generated a good amount of participation. The quilt show was also a nice "country fair" touch for Sunshine Days.
A rave for YVCC's new center (the former Safeway) in Grandview. It's great to see that empty storefront gain new life in educating young, and old, minds.
A split decision for Sunnyside's decision to reduce Yakima Valley Highway from four to two lanes. After driving through Grandview the other day, where the highway (now Wine Country Road) is also one lane in each direction with a turn lane in the middle, I can see the benefit to creating a more community-minded approach to the stretch of road instead of a four-lane highway through the middle of town. So this move may end up being a rave in the long term.
On the other hand, Sunnyside's approach left everyone confused. It caused, I'm sure, more than a few rants from motorists trying to figure out where they were supposed to be.
It didn't help that the process was done without public notice in the days prior to the change and that it was all carried out on a Thursday afternoon-remember city hall is conveniently closed on Fridays-which meant the public could not contact city hall for information. Even some city officials noted off the record that they didn't know about the move until it was done.
One final rave for Port of Sunnyside officials who turned out at Central Park at about 4:30 a.m. last Saturday to organize the Sunshine Days car show. Good work, though a decided rant for the classic car owner who felt the need to use foul language on his license plate holder.
Overall, though, any time you have more raves than rants-like we've had over the past few days-it is a good time.