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On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the United States of America was established. Last week, families across the country celebrated this momentous anniversary with firework displays, parades, and barbeques. Many of us prayed for the men and women who sacrifice th…

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After more than 100 years of having no Fourth of July celebration in Sunnyside — the Sunnyside Lions in 1995 decided to hold a celebration in the park — just a few games and a couple of eating contests and sack races. Plus, a few speakers, from patriotic to military hometown heroes.

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This Fourth of July, America will celebrate its 243rd birthday. Our country has come a long way since 1776, and there is still more progress to be made. Our independence and our patriotism are what set the United States apart from the rest of the world, and we have a lot to be thankful for.

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June is National Dairy Month, and Washington has many reasons to celebrate. Washington is home to almost 400 dairies, nearly 275,000 cows, and 18,000 dairy jobs. In fact, while Washington may be known for our iconic apples, dairy is our second leading commodity, valued at $1.2 billion.

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The City of Sunnyside faces tight budget constraints and the allocation of funds to the Parks and Recreation Department is almost non-existent — revenue sources which would result in programs for local youth can no longer be ignored and need to be established.

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I went to the Sort 4 the Cause to see what the western themed, two-man ranch sorting program was all about as hundreds of teams converged upon Sunnyside and raised a total of $72,000 to benefit three Yakima Valley charities.

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People from all over the world come to the United States for a chance to live a better life. Some are coming here to work, some are coming to reunite with their families, and some are escaping corrupt governments. We should welcome them with a strong legal immigration system.

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There was not an empty seat inside the Law and Justice Center’s Municipal Court, which is also used for the City Council chambers, as concerned residents took part in the special meeting regarding the proposed Marijuana Control Ordinance on June 6.

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This past week, we commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy, otherwise known as D-Day. Many of us know D-Day as an event that eventually resulted in victory for the Allied forces in World War II. Thousands of brave American soldiers sacrificed their lives for the greater good and helped to secure the freedom we enjoy today.

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Sunnyside High School class of 2019 valedictorian speeches delivered by Annette Alcantar and Briteny Zhu during Friday night’s graduation ceremony featured compelling stories of how their parents’ inspired journeys and sacrifices provided them with the drive to succeed.

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Health insurers have proposed an average rate increase of less than 1 percent for the individual market after three years of double-digit rate increases in premiums – Good news for Washingtonians, at least for now.

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Although I didn’t live in this state when our, now, Gov. Jay Inslee campaigned for the 4th Congressional District seat in 1992, the tales that have been told are many.

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Our rural transportation system is in need of repairs and modernization to support economic growth throughout the Lower Yakima Valley, which is a critical source of agriculture for national and global markets.

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On Memorial Day, we honor our nation’s servicemembers who have given the ultimate sacrifice. We surround their families and loved ones with prayers and support. We lay flowers on memorials, make visits to monuments, and we pay tribute to their service by lowering our flags to half-mast. While it may be easy to associate Memorial Day weekend with barbeques, a day off from work or school, and the start of summer, we cannot forget that there is a reason we observe this day – and each of them have a story.

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It is no secret that prescription drug costs are high.  When we hear about medications being sold for outrageous prices, it is important to remember that they aren’t necessarily special drugs for specific treatments or rare diseases.

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Dear President Trump, In a recent speech, you said, “Our great Patriot Farmers will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of what is happening now.” The statement doesn’t match the experience farmers face today.

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Memorial Day lands on Monday, May 27, and the federal day of remembrance is to proudly honor our military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country — it’s our duty as Americans to instill an obligation of country over self and that begins with the placing of U.S. flags at local veterans’ graves with residents of all ages taking part.

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The Sunnyside Police Department and School District have had a long-standing partnership in strengthening a safe and learning environment for students — School Resource Officers (SROs) are an integral part of that valuable bond which must be protected at all costs — council members are presently weighing the price and benefits associated with that relationship as they decide to drastically limit or cut the campus program.

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The Trump administration recently asked Congress for an additional $4.5 billion in emergency funds for the U.S.-Mexico border — Department of Homeland Security officials said they would likely run out of money without the extra funds, a humanitarian crisis that scales beyond the height of any wall has now been created for Americans and their families to shoulder.

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