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Budget cuts

What is it with Sunnyside, and the ability to hire an effective city manager? First, there was the Stockwell fiasco, and now we have a manager who wants to take away all sources of fun and enjoyment, as few as there are, from our youth and small children.

I have come to understand that the city is facing a shortage of over a million dollars, but is closing all of the parks and suspending the parks and recreation department the solution?

A community riddled with gangs and crime definitely needs to have an outlet for children at risk. Yes, there is AAU basketball, Lower Valley Youth Soccer and Cal Ripken Baseball, but not all families can afford to participate in these programs; there is the constant travel, the specialized equipment, and the sign-up fees.

Under this new city manager, there will be no more community center for kids to play basketball at after school, no more public basketball courts for fun and exercise, and no more summer craft programs for the little ones. With the closure of the parks, city employee hours willl be decreased and jobs may even be lost.

Oh, city city manager has also decided to get rid of two of our police detectives; like our community can afford that.

No parks for our kids to hang out at? No laughter coming from our children as they play on the swings or take turns on the slide?

There has got to be a better way to raise the needed funds. I encourage all outraged and concerned parents and community members to stand up and voice your opinions.

/s/ Lisa Ramirez, Sunnyside

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