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A Tearful Thank You 

Editor:

When I read of the terrible, ugly and senseless acts of of violence that have been done to Betty Chinn these past weeks, it makes me want to cry ("Eureka Police Seek New Leverage Against Homeless on Third Street," posted July 8). Truthfully as I write this, it hard to find my words because my eyes are filled with tears. I do not think I would be alive if it wasn't for Betty, with a hot meal and a warm pair of socks to scare off those cold winter nights — without her no-nonsense attitude and never ending energy, without her know I would not be here.

Please do not believe that what those "people" did has any reflection at all on what the people of Eureka feel for Betty. We love Betty, and we thank her for every sandwich in the pouring rain that she didn't have to make. We thank her for every hug she didn't have to give. We thank her for every holiday dinner she didn't have to share and we thank her — well — for always being there. Perhaps instead of anger and hate, this is a time to count our blessings and Betty has been the greatest blessing of them all. I don't know what else to say except that we love our Angel Betty ... and thank her.

Philina Birindelli, Eureka

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