EDITOR: Usually I don’t interfere with issues related to undocumented immigrants, because adults knew the risks they were taking when they came to the United States. However, when it comes to children who were brought here, some as babies, what wrongly affects them now makes me upset, disappointed and sad.
So I’m calling on my fellow citizens and voters to do what they can to reverse President Donald Trump’s disastrous decision to eliminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Most beneficiaries of DACA came so young that they don’t even know what their place of birth looks like. Are we supposed to send them back to Unknown City? Most of them are diligently working and studying so that they can become productive citizens and future leaders in this place that they call home.
Let’s help them help us.
YOLANDA V. MARTINEZ
EDITOR: I’m writing to express my concerns about Assembly Bill 1250, a bill currently in the state Legislature that would harm the ability of hospitals and counties to work in partnerships to deliver expert medical care.
As a local example, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, a Providence St. Joseph Health system hospital, contracts with Sonoma County to deliver dental services to hundreds of low-income students in the Bellevue Union School District. This partnership ensures disadvantaged students have access to good oral health care services that keep them healthy and ready to learn.
Public-private partnerships like this allow the Sonoma County Department of Health Services to provide care that, due to budget and staff restraints, it couldn’t provide on its own.
Providence St. Joseph Health has entered into agreements like this up and down the state to provide services, such as crisis mental health, trauma care, vaccinations and enrolling families in CalFresh. AB 1250 would dismantle these successful partnerships and punish the most vulnerable among us.
The Legislature should reject AB 1250.
President, St. Joseph Health-Sonoma County
Korea vets honored
EDITOR: On Aug. 31, Korean War veterans and their families gathered at the Santa Rosa veterans building to receive a “peace medal” struck by the South Korean government to honor their service during that war (“Peace medals amid new threat,” Friday).
I was a recipient of one of those beautiful medals in place of my deceased father (a combat veteran). The ceremony was moving, with veterans or their widows quietly filing past me as I sat awaiting my turn — some with canes, walkers or wheelchairs, others being helped by family members.
There was polite applause for one veteran who received four medals, one for himself and one for each of his three brothers who also served.
I would like to thank Reps. Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman, the government of South Korea and those who made this event possible. I wish my father could have been there to receive his medal personally.
I was sorry to see that someone felt this historic event should be relegated to page 3 with a small photo of a veteran and his wife, while guess how hot it’s going to be and solar power made the front page.