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Friday's Letters to the Editor

Misleading headline

EDITOR: A recent headline on the front page of The Press Democrat misrepresented the content of the article. The Feb. 19 headline read “Cost of commuter rail up $25 million,” leaving the casual reader to assume that a major cost increase had taken place for the SMART train project.

The editor who crafted the headline must not have read the article. If he or she read it, he or she would have learned that there was no cost overrun but instead funding was secured for further extension of the rail line.

Granted, more papers are likely to be sold if the front page trumpets sensational or provocative events. However, distortions or selective massaging of the facts does not serve the public. A more appropriate headline would have read “SMART secures funds to extend rail line.”

WAYNE SEDEN

Santa Rosa

Are families better?

EDITOR: Wasn't one of the reasons the Children's Village was founded is that foster kids get bounced from family to family or are separated from siblings (“Struggle to stay open,” Feb. 28)? And isn't one of the reasons Social Advocates for Youth needs a support house for aged-out foster kids is that some foster parents, once their monthly stipend dries up, kick out their charges to fend for themselves?

So much for a “forever” home.

I know that most foster parents are great folks with open hearts, but I am concerned about people signing up to get the extra cash. If I were a foster kid, I'd go for the stable group home that had other kids in my situation so I'd have somebody who understood what I was going through and a variety of adults I could bond with. That would be much better than worrying that I would get kicked out if my foster parents didn't like something I did.

It would be great to see some data supporting the reference by county Family, Youth and Children's Services director Nick Honey to a “philosophical belief” that it is significantly better for kids to be placed with single families. After all, it is single families that produced the foster kids to begin with.

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