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Jennie's Journey

Partnerships are great if partners are willing to swallow their pride

It's official, the Sunnyside City Council, Sunnyside School District, Sunnyside Community Hospital and Port of Sunnyside are looking forward to tackling the issues facing the community...again.

Partnerships like this can be quite productive, I do believe. That is, if all parties within the partnership can be decisive, not just give lip service to the important matters.

I have seen on too many occasions when groups have committed to working together, but failed because no one was willing to swallow their own pride so that action could be taken.

It is my hope that this particular partnership works. I want to see the various entities come together for the common good, making decisions that will benefit the community of Sunnyside as a whole.

A lot is at stake and I don't know if there is any one good suggestion for addressing the complex issues involving gangs, drugs, alcohol or the overall well-being of Sunnyside.

I think a multi-faceted approach is called for, but everyone must agree to tackle the issues using agreed-upon strategies that benefit the community. I hope that the core conveners can collaborate without prejudice or preferential ideas.

It will take a collaborative effort, which means there will be occasions for compromise because not everyone can always agree.

But, compromise is necessary to accomplish the mighty goal of taking down the gangs, eliminating drug and alcohol abuse and helping promote health in the community.

Over the years there have been efforts toward achieving these goals, but because not everyone agreed on how to accomplish those goals it seemed little headway was made.

Now is the time to set aside any preconceived notions on how to proceed. It is time to listen and cooperate with one another. It is time to take real action, and not just give it all lip service.

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