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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Stigmatizing kids</b>

EDITOR: My heart sank upon reading Diane Martini's accusations of hypocrisy ("No, no, no to SAY," Letters, Thursday) on the part of supporters of the Warrack Hospital conversion to housing for former foster kids.

While I can't speak for the women directly accused, I can assure Martini that our community is abundant with people who do care about these kids who have not been given the opportunities and benefits that most of us enjoy and are happy to share our lives (and neighborhoods) with them.

To suggest that sharing "beautiful Bennett Valley" with them will somehow spoil it is insulting. On top of every other disadvantage these kids have endured, to stigmatize them like this is heartless.

JOHN MASTICK

Sebastopol

<b>A healing path?</b>

EDITOR: I was inspired by Phyllis Rosenfield's vision for counteracting prejudice and disunity through the old-fashioned art of listening ("Cloverdale kiosk offers a view into others' lives," Jan. 13). Intergenerational community projects aren't uncommon, but Listening for a Change seems to re-imagine a typically artificial exchange and make it profound and something worth sharing with the community.

I believe this project lends itself to the growing community divide following the tragic death of Andy Lopez. Whether justice -#8212; however one may define it -#8212; is ever found in this case, the number of young people feeling dissociated from representatives and law enforcement doesn't posit a hopeful or productive future. Listening for a Change seems to offer an alternative form of activism that paves the way for reconciliation and healing.

ANDREW JOPSON


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