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Forum: Vlieger a good leader

Don Vlieger may be not a politician, but one heck of a good leader and role model. My wife and I moved out to this agricultural community almost five years ago. We were tagged twice, stolen gas and broken window from vehicle once, and wife threatened by gang member in Bi-Mart parking lot in broad daylight. Add that to my son-in-law's car broken into on his first visit to see his mom. We got scared. Sunnyside had a terrible reputation throughout the state. My friends in Everett and at my work in Kent would ask me...why did you move to Sunnyside? They have a huge gang problem! That was four years ago. Now, because of Don Vlieger, Jason Raines, Phil Schenck, Jim Restucci and a few folks in those dark, little secret corners of Sunnyside, we have a 70 percent crime drop. Thank you! There were a few who made it their goal to discredit and rake some of these names through the mud. Many attempts to stand behind the police department were voted against by a very select few (one is still currently on council; no names are necessary). Some of these folks hide behind rocks or under them, and lash out at the people who want to make this a community, a safe community. Hiding behind internet names and lashing out at good, honest and loving people who want Sunnyside to be a place to be proud of will no longer be accepted by me and the other folks who really do care about our city, not like some who just care about sales to gang members. /s/ Greg Flocchini, Sunnyside

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