Raise awareness of foster care needs

I would like to thank the paper for the Feb. 28 article "Foster care: Advocates demand more oversight on how children enter California system," by Karen de Sá.

Considering that the transition for children and youth into foster care is a delicate one, it is vital that this transition have as little trauma as possible.

Advocating for our children's safety and health is imperative. Transitional homes need to provide a safe and healthy environment, proper food and sleeping facilities no matter the length of stay of the children.

The lack of shelters and beds available in the foster care system is an important issue when working with the foster care population. This lack of facilities involves everyone and the magnitude of this issue continues to grow. As shelters continue to downsize, more awareness is needed to make this a community issue.

Our communities need to know that the foster care system needs our support and the proper funding to provide the necessities that every child deserves. We, as community members, have the ability to make sure all our youth and children thrive and develop into healthy adults.

Let's write more stories to raise awareness about the foster care system and ways we can advocate for our youth and children to increase community knowledge about this vital issue.

Natalie Hansen

San Jose

Helping the hungry is right thing to do

The South Hayward Parish thanks the Union City Walmart for its generous donation of $1,000 to our Food Pantry. The Food Pantry fed as many people in the first six months of our fiscal year as we did in all of the previous 12 months. We served 8,600 people of all ages in that time.

When you are hungry, you can't do much else. You are always at a disadvantage for learning, working or finding a job. This gift will provide 2,750 meals at 35 cents a meal. What a huge impact.

We can't thank them enough, and our pantry guests are grateful, too.

Betty Deforest

Executive director South Hayward Parish Hayward

Obama believes in rights for everyone

This is in response to the March 6 letter about President Barack Obama and marriage equality.

It's great that the letter writer feels that his "god" doesn't allow gay marriage, but guess what? Not everyone believes in his imaginary friend.

Some of us, like Obama, believe in equal rights for all people. If anyone is bringing shame to this great nation, it's closed-minded bigots.

Brian O'Connell

Union City

First lady running for president scary

The only thing scarier than four more years of Barack Obama is Michelle Obama running for president in 2016.

Why not just elect Obama president for life and be done with the problem?

Rich Phillips

San Leandro

Ruination of English language is at hand

What I hear with increasing irritation these days on TV and radio is the following ruination of the English language: I kinda, like really, you know, ah, sorta, ya know what I'm sayin'.

Robert Blau

Berkeley

Hacienda gone but not forgotten

How sad to witness the demolition of the Hacienda Restaurant at Macdonald and San Pablo avenues in Richmond. Fortunately, I happened to be there to take pictures before the final demolition earlier this month.

Tony Carrico, the owner, founded and operated the restaurant successfully for more than 56 years. He passed away in June.

Carrico and the restaurant, which served Mexican and American food, will not be forgotten.

Eula Mae Fisher

Richmond