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Friday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Useless protests</b>

EDITOR: After reading about all the useless protests and marches for Andy Lopez, I can't help but wonder why don't the demonstrators put that energy to good use and march through their own neighborhood and collect all the plastic guns so this does not happen again?

SUSAN MOECKEL

Cazadero

<b>Unique resource</b>

EDITOR: I placed my medically fragile daughter at Sonoma Development Center 12 years ago ("Sonoma center faces shift in mission," Saturday). This was after she had spent three months in an acute-care hospital and after an exhaustive search for a residential health care facility for her. With the exception of Sonoma Development Center, we found no resource that would not result in her suffering and probable death.

Since my daughter has been there, options in the health care market have gotten worse. I come to this opinion not just as a parent and consumer but as a professional working in health care for the past 35 years. Adequate resources have not been developed.

If the state closes Sonoma Development Center, the residents would be thrown out into a health/residential market already flooded with seniors, deinstitutionalized mental health and corrections patients, wounded veterans and so on. Not only would this cause suffering for the displaced developmental center residents, but it would negatively affect these other vulnerable groups competing for care resources.

Is this the kind of state we want? Is this the way we want to live, the people we want to be?

PAT WALTER


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