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Well said Jpublic98944!
John, your comparisons between Marijuana and Chickens is kind of wonky. No FFA or 4-H would allow underage children to grow Marijuana as a project, the same as not allowing them to produce a still and alcohol. The bottom line here is education on Marijuana and personal responsibility. It is also a lesson on respect of your neighbors and your community. Why on earth would anyone become involved in city politics when every consideration and idea is arm chaired quarterbacked by some person, like yourself who has never served in the position. You make it sound like it is all so ridiculous. Well, let's look at Yakima, Seattle, and Mercer Island who embrace some sort of ability to have chickens in the city, allowing people to enjoy their personal property and personal responsibility. They don't think it is ridiculous, they call it quality of life. Maybe you think Sunnyside can't handle personal responsibility. Shame on you. We should hold ourselves no less than any other community. As for Marijuana, educate yourself on the issue before you decide that a couple of buds could just go missing. Not that simple. Simple people make it that simple.
congratulations and good luck with your new endeavors.
Way to go girls and their parents and the supporters of the Miss Sunnyside program! You are amazing!
Raines and Vlieger. Vlieger and Raines. There is still the slit up Jason's shirt where Don's hand is inserted. Of course unregulated sales are better~ IN WHO'S MIND? The council did not legalize Marijuana, the people of the State of Washington did. But obviously Mr. Vlieger knows better than the voters and wants to keep the militarized nanny state going and Mr. Raines is glad to do his bidding. If astounding numbers of minors are smoking, then what we are currently doing isn't working. There is no way Mr. Vlieger as stated in your piece that the results of the legalization of Marijuana use can be measured yet, however, you are willing, as you did on council to skew the statistics to get where you wanna go no matter the cost. Being a deputy sheriff 20 years ago does not make you an expert now. Your self aggrandizing and hyperbole are old, That's why you were voted off the island by a large margin.
4everoceans is right. Mr. Vlieger, Mr. Raines, Mr. Perales, all have had their campaigns bought and paid for by Mr. Overland the owner of parkland homes. Their ugly nasty fake newspapers are packed with lies and innuendos that attempt to destroy the reputation of some very good people. They rant and rail about crime and crime free rental housing, which they weren't even a part of, however, they never hold this property owner responsible. Have you driven through this piece of property? You can instantly tell that another set of rules apply there. The police did a good job on this evening. However a simple investigation into the calls and crime at this address over the last few years makes their newspaper smell like what it is, something to wrap rotting fish in.
How on earth can Vlieger claim in HIS statistics that arrests are up but crime is down? Are we arresting people who did not commit crimes? How can he continue to send out material that say there has been one shooting in Sunnyside for 2013? Let's see, a house was shot, there was the incident at Trees Market where Mr. Ayala apparently fired shots and was shot by police, and then there was at least another incident where shot were fired in the air. Shouldn't those qualify as shootings? Are the police logging these in differently than they used to. That would be my best guess. Mr. Price and Mr. Stremler's intent appears on target to get to the truth, but instead are being smeared and defamed by certain council members. If the police are not logging in all calls and incidents, then what good is a crime analyst? None, whatsoever. Vlieger and Raines said it best themselves, "we know when there are bullets in the air", but let's not write it down boys, we wouldn't want to screw up their campaigns. Mr. Vlieger campaigns as if the police department will vanish if his hand picked crew isn't elected. He takes personal claim for the crime statistics when they are tilted to his favor. He seems to have the "I" syndrome. What about what we are doing in our schools for prevention and intervention. We may have the lowest crime in 23 years (which I don't believe) but we probably have the lowest bank account in this town in 23 years also. And thank you school district and Firme for all you do to prevent kids getting into gangs in the first place.
Mr. Guerrero is well respected in the community. I don't know what frightens Mr. Raines and Mr. Vlieger more. Is it that Mr. Guerrero is smart enough to see through the dog and pony show, or is it that he more closely reflects the community. Desperation to continue a voting block seems to be the motive of recruiting a write-in campaign. Note that the write-in candidate lives at Parkland Homes, one of the addresses that seem to attract a lot of police calls.The same address that the awful fake newspapers come from. The same address that Perales's campaign material is coming from. His absentee landlord is sure putting a lot of money into this campaign. I don't see the crime free rental housing ordinance working very well there. Multiple homicides and then again last night a car-jacking and high speed chase from Parkland Homes. Where is the outcry from Raines and Vlieger to stomp into the City Managers office and demand code enforcement in there and declare the property a public nuisance. Follow the money. There has to be more to this story of the desperation of Vlieger, Raines, Overland and their kind. Now their publications have resorted to calling people Nazi's and flat out lies about Mr. Martin's campaign and why he decided to run. So interesting that everyone that runs for council that isn't in their pocket are painted as "cop hating, gang lovers". Pay attention Sunnyside, don't let your election be bought by outside special interests.
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