August 23, 2013
Jennie’s Journey by Jennie McGhan
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At the beginning of the month I attended a Yakima County Commission meeting and learned several Yakima County Jail inmates had filed claims against the county, amounting to millions of dollars.
Visiting schools on a regular basis, I was surprised earlier this week when I was made aware Sunnyside has a principal who has taken a different approach from others I have met.
I have finally made the decision to throw the old notebook away so I can retire to a place where I won’t have to put up with people anymore.
A recent computer purchase has me both perplexed and happy with the changes in technology.
Tomorrow I turn 40. I have been contemplating that.
The recent measles outbreak in California didn’t have to happen.
It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is nearly here.
Although yesterday was Thanksgiving, I can’t help but share how grateful I am with the people who have chosen to share their lives with me.
Some wear the title of “Christian” as a badge of honor, others wear it as a shield and a few live their lives as an example without boasting.
I remember being in a classroom of 36 students when I was in elementary school. Somehow the teacher managed to educate each of us and meet our needs.
My heart has been heavy since hearing the devastating news that a good portion of my hometown was destroyed by a wildfire.
Last week I read a story detailing the impending closure of Yakima’s only record store, Off the Record.
It’s an event that is planned a year in advance, bringing thrill-seeking visitors to the Sunnyside area from near and far.
It sickens me to hear about law enforcement or former law enforcement officials taking a turn toward criminal activity.
For the past 15 years my husband and I have shared our lives together.
I have been accused of lacking common sense, but it seems to me I have more common sense than others.
I recently spent a week in Oregon, visiting my mother and several friends.
Sunnyside motorists traveling to and fro, who typically traverse South Sixth Street to get from one destination to another have inevitably noticed their route of travel has become a construction zone.
I remember the USSR and I remember the fear I felt as a child because of the cold war.
It seems everywhere we turn we are charged a small fee for using the tools that are meant to secure payment for goods or services rendered.
We have all experienced life’s ups and downs. Sometimes we feel we have been knocked off our feet, but we know we can’t give up.
I don’t always agree with others, but I can appreciate those who stand up for what they believe in.
The birth of a baby always seems to bring a sense of joy, wonderment and hope to the lives of others. Yesterday, our office was filled with smiles at the news that a baby girl came into this world, joining the Wise family.
I think one of the reasons we celebrate the New Year with revelry is the feeling of hope that is brought upon us during this season.
I love books and I especially enjoy receiving books as gifts. I even occasionally like to revisit books I haven’t read in a long time.
I can hardly believe the holidays are here already. Tomorrow, families will be celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas is less than a month away. It seems time has passed so quickly this year.
I have always been a fan of education. Without learning more about the world around us we live in ignorance.
Halloween has come and gone.
I don’t know a single person who likes to learn they have been lied to.
The most rewarding part of my job is sharing in the lives of the Daily Sun News readers.
Students attending high school now have advantages afforded them that I am certain many in my generation wish were available when we were in school.
It’s always nice to hear a familiar voice on the other end of the phone line. Hearing that voice when you least expect it is an added bonus.
Earlier this week I read a heart-touching story about a 92-year-old woman adopting a 71-year-old woman who has since her teens been a part of the older woman’s family.
This week the news staff at the Daily Sun News was asked to read a trade journal article written about the firing of a freelance writer who spoke out during a public meeting.
On almost a daily basis I get to come in contact with students from throughout the Lower Yakima Valley.
Having not grown up in the Yakima Valley or Washington state, I am not as familiar with events throughout the state's history as I am with California and the Gold Rush.
The discovery of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight earlier this week brings hope to many families across the nation, who are still looking for their missing children.
I can't help it. I am so proud of myself for conquering that hill.
The news that Zillah science teacher Jeff Charbonneau was named the top educator in the country is something for the Yakima Valley to embrace.
People from all over the U.S. are supporting the city of Boston and those who were injured or killed at Monday's Boston Marathon, through prayers and kind deeds.
Americans are growing soft.
The Grandview High School boys swim team had an amazing first year, having qualified to compete at the State meet in Federal Way.
When something as dramatic as an individual in a key city position like deputy police chief is allegedly dismissed by the city manager, you bet the news will travel like wildfire.
If you've ever watched chefs Gordon Ramsey and Robert Irvine on the television shows Kitchen Nightmares and Restaurant Impossible, you know these two experts insist that quality food, reasonable prices and good service are the basis of a successful restaurant venture.
A couple of evenings ago I attended the annual Lower Valley Relay for Life kick-off event, and organizers decorated the venue as though those attending were at a birthday party.
It seems there has been some confusion since the Sunnyside City Council was provided the utility tax rates for neighboring communities.
No matter how partisan a person is, it seems no one is looking forward to falling off the "fiscal cliff."
Each Christmas families gather together to create memories.
Members of the community, especially those living outside city limits, now have an avenue for sharing information regarding stray dogs and attacks on livestock.
As an Amazon.com buyer the last thing I anticipate when purchasing an item is that it is going to have been something that originated from right here in the Yakima Valley.