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Criticism unwarranted

I have been following the exchange of letters and comments regarding the salaries of Sunnyside city employees and the cutting of city services. I agree with Councilman Bill Gant that many members of our community would be willing to pay for the services that have been eliminated.

Equally important, I believe that Mr. Gant's comments have been a sincere attempt to express his honest opinions and the opinions of many other citizens. It disturbs me when those public-spirited citizens who are willing to run for office and serve on either the city council or the school board are then criticized by others when they speak frankly. Few of their critics are willing to give their time and effort to serve the community.

One might disagree with city council or school board members, but they deserve our respect and appreciation for their service. Let's work together to improve our community rather than tear each other down. I'm sure that courtesy and positive input will be welcome from every citizen.

/s/ Florence P. Blosser, Sunnyside

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