Value who you are
EDITOR: The Jan. 27 article titled "The question of race" disturbed me. I am bi-racial. My mother is Japanese and was born and raised there. My father was of German and Dutch descent and born and raised here. The comment about traditional racial characteristics being diluted due to bi-racial and multiracial marriages is extremely bothersome. People should be together because they want to be, not because they should be preserving racial characteristics.
I understand that Latinos may face a dilemma. If I were them, I would mark "other" on a census form and put in bold letters whatever they identify with that is what I do.
In closing, I want to say that it's important that families share their heritage and traditions with their children and be proud of who they are. My children adore their Japanese grandma and call her "Grandma Takemoto." I commend Michelle Farkas for sharing her Mexican heritage with her son.
Women passed over
EDITOR: Every January for the past four or five years, I have written to the newspaper to ask why so few women are included in the year-end "They made their mark" feature ("Noteworthy passings," Dec. 30). Writing this letter has become a holiday tradition, but not one I enjoy.
Sonoma County is packed with dynamic, powerful, compassionate, resourceful and unforgettable women who lead, govern and inspire us all.
Yet, this year, out of nine "lost leading voices" of Sonoma County, only one was a woman, and she made her mark when she was three years old and survived the 1906 earthquake.