RANDALL LEE, Kennewick
After reading the recent article that expressed parent concerns over using the Fruitland building in Kennewick for temporary housing of our schools, I reflected on my time spent in this building.
My school, Canyon View Elementary, was the first school to be renovated in Kennewick. We moved into Fruitland after the building had sat nearly empty for many years. Our kids and staff adapted to the changes that the move entailed. Our children looked forward to spending a day a week for recess in Lampson Stadium. Yes, the Fruitland building is old and has its challenges, but each day spent there, I was thankful that Kennewick has this building to serve our needs.
Spending one year at Fruitland was a small sacrifice to make to have a beautiful new school building to move into when school started the next fall. Many places in the world do not have buildings as nice as Fruitland.
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A special thanks to Kennewick's maintenance crew is also given for always working diligently to keep Fruitland running smoothly. Kennewick is also very lucky to have the support of our community as we remodel our schools.
Suicide for sale
More than 30 percent of depressed young people commit suicide, while more than 20 percent of all young people indicate they would prefer suicide, which means at least they are very unhappy.
Most people try for a happy disposition and have a desire to be good and happy and successful. Nearly 100 percent express the need of happy balance. There is a happy balance of memory of good experiences with impression association. The will seeks real, reinforcing good, and intelligence seeks real truth: The moral balance that is attained by overcoming the capital sins of pride, covetousness, anger, lust, gluttony, envy and sloth. Genesis puts it another way: that we are made to the image and likeness of God.
The philosopher Aurthur Schopenhauer said the best we can do is to commit national suicide. We have to reject that proposition and seek truth and good repeatedly if we are to obtain success and happiness, not be bad and sad and a failure. The 20 percent who seek suicide and others who are discouraged must try to refocus with good memories, good resolutions and truthful endeavors. Christianity, whose supreme culture is based on love and forgiveness, seeks goodness and happiness as its goal.
Benton County: Delvin
As we mark our ballots, each of us wants to choose leaders based on their commitment to serve the people honestly and effectively. Through the years, I have had the opportunity to work with Jerome Delvin in his capacity as our senator representing the 8th District. I have always been impressed by his willingness to make himself available and to listen to my concerns and input. It is clear that Delvin is committed to serving the people he represents and always has the best interest of our community as his top priority.
Delvin's experience, leadership skills and knowledge about the issues facing Benton County such as water, transportation, land use, energy and agriculture certainly qualify him to represent us as our county commissioner.
Please support Delvin in his bid for Benton County commissioner. I know he will support us and the best interests of our community.