Monday, October 15, 2018

The Jefferson Messenger - Ed 19 Vol 2


The Jefferson Messenger 

Edition 19. October 13, 2018 . Volume 2
Yes On 6, Means No Gas Tax or Car Tax
Getting out the vote for Yes on 6, Repeal the Gas Tax, will represent all we strive for in our battle for Jefferson and equal/fair representation. The fight to repeal the gas tax clearly illustrates the deceit and power that is the far left in the State Legislature, Governor Brown and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, also candidate for Governor.
Once again California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has misled voters with his writing of the language on Proposition 6. Some voters think that if they vote Yes on 6, it means they are voting for the gas tax. First of all, the gas tax and increase of vehicle registration fees were approved by the Progressives in the State Legislature and signed by Governor Brown last year. You never had an opportunity to vote on this.
A Yes on 6, authored by Jon Coupal, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, and John Cox, candidate for Governor, actually repeals the gas tax and vehicle registration fee increase. A Yes on 6, would also require voter approval for fuel and vehicle fee increases in the future and “defang” the state legislature to some extent.
The transportation in the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 was NOT in fact designated for road repair, but included movement-related expenditures such as studying transportation and promoting high speed-rail (Brown's $100 billion train), now estimated to cost each taxpayer $8,000. Add another almost $800 your family pays per year for increased gas taxes that could go for your family's Christmas.
In the recent June 2018 Primary, Prop 69 was passed by the voters and was another incident of a falsely labeled voter measure by the Legislature Analysis Office. The true intent of the measure – to allow the Legislature to use the gasoline taxes for any purpose. A Yes on 6 will also cancel out Prop 69.
Why are Brown's friends spending millions of dollars ($28 million) to defeat Yes on 6, because they are counting on voters (you) to be complacent or too dumb to really understand how you have been misled. And, if they are successful in the defeat of Yes on 6, they feel it will open the door to reintroduce bills for a cell phone tax, water tax and down the road, Proposition 13.
If you are a Jeffersonian, you are smart enough to know that this is not the first time that those in power in Sacramento have had their way with you. But I have to ask, is the threat of the failure of Proposition 6, and election of Gavin Newsom, Xavier Becerra, Alex Padilla enough to put a fire in your belly, to motivate you to actively join in the battle to take back California and most important, fight for the formation of the State of Jefferson? This effort is one in the same.
Terry Gherardi
(Edited)

Standing with Justice Kavanaugh
After witnessing mob rule and the evil, despicable actions by the far left during the Judge Kavanaugh hearings, I feel our fight has now extended beyond the borders of California and Jefferson. I have always believed it all starts local, and just as Judge Kavanaugh stood his ground, so must all of us in the 23 Counties of Jefferson.
If we can stand up and show up to Repeal the Gas Tax and defeat the election of Gavin Newsom, Xavier Becerra, Alex Padilla, we will be sending a huge message to not only the far left in California, but to all voters across this nation that will echo through to the 2020 Presidential election. This and our expanded fight for Jefferson is just around the corner beginning in early 2019.
So, I ask you. Over the next 25 days, are you willing to pull out all the stops and take to the streets, get on your phones, to take back our state and fight for all that Brett Kavanaugh stands for? We must support the conservative base and those who will stop voter fraud, return law and order, overturn bad laws, support the 2nd Amendment and put the health & safety of American Citizens before that of illegal aliens and criminals.
I am asking you, no in fact, I am counting on you to visit your nearest county campaign headquarters or County Party and volunteer to make phone calls, precinct walk or coordinate sign rallies to not only Get Out the Vote, but to educate voters. Tell them about the threat of more taxes and about water rationing. Ask them if they remember the Fire Tax that will be returning with cap and trade, as will more hikes in gas prices. Pass out copies of Proposition recommendations while also handing out information about Jefferson.
Through your involvement and education of others, you will assist in adding numbers to our movement, to fill the halls and steps during our next visit to the State Capitol. And, we will do so, not by mob rule, but by those representing all that is good in our Constitution and our nation of laws, seeking equal representation and a new state.
Terry Gherardi
Millions of Your Tax Dollars Have Been Spent to Fight Trump
California, Brown, Becerra, etc., have filed 44 lawsuits against the Trump administration at a cost of $9.2 million for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. This was up from $2.8 million the previous year.
In a quote by California Attorney General Becerra in the Sacramento Bee, he said, “We are the No. 1 economy in the country, large enough that we've become the fifth largest in the world. That happens because we made investments – we made decisions which others have been unwilling to make. Our prosperity is intertwined with our progressive nature.”
Lawsuits filed by California against the Trump administration include, preventing the federal government from ending citizenship protections for so called dreamers, to avert a rollback of its 2017 “sanctuary state” law, to prohibit the government from asking questions about immigration status on the 2020 Census and to defend the state's strong fuel efficiency standards for vehicles.
The state has also led several high profile fights to halt Republican led efforts to undo Obamacare, and is challenging Trump directly on promises to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, and to slow the arrival into the country of illegal immigrants seeking asylum.
Although California is the 5th largest economy in the world, it has the highest poverty rate of all 50 states, and also ranks high in homelessness and near the bottom for education. It's Time for 51!
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts."
Winston Churchill
Terry Gherardi
UPCOMING EVENTS
Events are happening all over Jefferson Counties, too many to list here. For more information, please check the SOJ51.org website, Events and Meetings or copy & paste: http://soj51.org/events-meetings/

Calaveras SOJ Committee is selling SOJ ornaments!
The ornaments are $10 each with four different styles to choose from. They are the perfect eye-catchers to put on your Christmas tree. The green one is plastic and the other 3 are made of wood. All proceeds from the ornaments will go to the legal fund. To order yours,  email Leah Zoellner at leahsoj@hotmail.com.

Penny Garland
Rock Painting
Rock painting has become a fun hobby and this a great way to spend time with family while creating them and spread the word about Jefferson as you place these colorful rocks around your town. Idea suggested by Patty Smith (Tehama County).

Penny Garland
~Jefferson's Desk~

“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”
― Thomas Jefferson
NEW CONFERENCE CALL NUMBER!
Standing County
Committee Meetings

Subject to change without notice.
Coos County, OR
3rd Wednesday each month 6PM
60 W Third St
Coquille, OR

Curry County, OR
2nd Wednesday each month -
6:00 PM
Panthers Den
29513 Ellensburg Ave
Gold Beach, OR

Douglas County, OR
2nd Tuesday each month - 6 PM
Republican Headquarters
506 SE Jackson St
Roseburg, OR

El Dorado County
2nd Tuesday each month -
6:30 PM
American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville
Doors open 5:30 to 6:30 PM, to socialize, ask questions, buy merchandise, and/or enjoy a meal.  The meeting time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Jackson County, OR
2nd Thursday each month -
6:30 PM
County Library
412 E Main St
Rogue River, OR

Josephine County, OR
1st Thursday each month - 6:00 PM
Elmer's Restaurant
GP Parkway and Foothill Blvd
Grants Pass, OR

3rd Thursday each month -
6:00 PM
Kerby Belt Building
Kerby

Klamath County, OR
1st Wednesday each month -
6:00 PM
Shasta View Community Hall
5831 E Shasta Way
Klamath Falls, OR

Mariposa County
4th Tuesday each month - 5:30 PM
Happy Burger Diner Meeting Room
5120 State Hwy 140 at 12
th St
Mariposa


Nevada County
2nd and 4th Mondays each month - 6:00 PM
Robinson's Conference Center 293 Lower Grass Valley Hwy
Nevada City

Placer County
3rd Tuesday each month - 6 PM
Round Table Pizza
2345 Sunset Blvd
Rocklin

Shasta County
Mondays at 5:30 PM
2570 S. Bonnyview Road
Redding

Shasta Co Intermountain Patriots
2nd Tuesday each month - 6:30 PM
Burney Lions Hall
Main Street, Burney

4th Tuesday each month
Social time - 5 PM
The Ol Merc
Hwy 299, McArthur
Meeting time - 6:30 PM
McArthur Lions Hall,  Hwy 299
McArthur

Stanisluas County
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month - 5:30 PM
Grizzly Rock Cafe
4905 North Golden State Blvd 
Turlock

Sutter and Yuba Counties
 4th Monday each month - 6:30 PM
Church of Glad Tidings Building 500, Room 212
1179 Eager Road
Yuba City

Tehama County
 1st  & 3rd Friday each month -
7:00 PM
Westside Grange
20794 Walnut Street
Red Bluff

Trinity County
 2nd Thursday each month -
6:30 PM
Hayfork Community Church
7450 State Highway 3
Hayfork

3rd Wednesday each month -
6:00 PM
Round Table Pizza
120 Nugget Lane
Weaverville

Tuolumne County
2nd Tuesday each month -
6:00 PM
Sonora Re/Max Building, 207 S Washington Street
Sonora
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Friday, October 12, 2018

The Upper Mokelumne River Watershed Authority hosts Community Workshop - Thurs Oct 25


Mokelumne-Amador-Calaveras (MAC) Regional Water Management Plan Update

The Upper Mokelumne River Watershed Authority hosts Community Workshop

Residents and individuals interested in water resource planning in Amador, Calaveras, and western Alpine Counties are invited to attend an October 25 community workshop to learn about ongoing efforts to update the MAC Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (MAC Plan), originally adopted in 2006 and updated in 2013. The updated MAC Plan will meet state requirements and enhance the MAC Region’s eligibility for state grants.

UMRWA is hosting its final community workshop for the MAC Plan on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers of the Amador County Administration Building located at 810 Court Street in Jackson, CA. 

The public is invited to attend the workshop to learn about the MAC Plan Update process and the projects included in the Final 2018 MAC Plan.

Questions regarding the community workshop should be directed to Katie Cole at kcole@woodardcurran.com or Rob Alcott at robalcott@aol.com.


The Upper Mokelumne River Watershed Authority is a Joint Powers Authority comprised of six water agencies and the counties of Amador, Calaveras and Alpine. The six member water agencies are Alpine County Water Agency, Amador Water Agency, Calaveras County Water District, Calaveras Public Utility District, East Bay Municipal Utility District and Jackson Valley Irrigation District. UMRWA was approved in 2009 by the California Department of Water Resources as the regional water management group for the MAC Integrated Regional Water Management Region. The MAC Region includes major portions of Amador, Calaveras and western Alpine Counties. 


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Foothill Conservancy: 50th Anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act - Fri Oct 5

 
         2018 FC logo green trans 2        


National Wild & Scenic Act turns 50!

On October 2, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, a landmark law to protect outstanding, free-flowing rivers nationwide. It created a system of permanently protected rivers with outstanding scenic, recreational, fish and wildlife, historic and cultural values. Like America’s national parks, wildlife refuges and wilderness areas, the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was the first of its kind in the world. Today it safeguards more than 12,700 miles along parts of 208 rivers and 3,000,000 acres of riverside land in 40 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
 
Rapids below Hwy 49

The anniversary is a cause to celebrate the legacy of all who have worked for the health of America’s finest streams. It also challenges us to do more, such as donate or maybe do some fund raising. 

A suggestion would be to create your own Facebook birthday fundraiser for Foothill Conservancy. You could challenge your friends by saying: For my birthday this year, I'm asking for donations to the Foothill Conservancy. I'd like to raise $25 for each of the 37 newly designated state Wild and Scenic miles of the the Mokelumne River, or $925 (37 x 25). It's part of a larger Conservancy effort to raise $1,000 for every protected Mokelumne River mile.

Go here for more information on the larger Conservancy fundraising effort.

 
Do you feel like celebrating?

CalTrout and Foothill Conservancy will host a party to celebrate the Mokelumne River’s designation as California’s newest state Wild and Scenic River and the
50th Anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act on Friday,
October 5,
at the Volcano Armory Hall, 21349 Consolation Street, Volcano, CA 95689.

This family-friendly event will feature wild and scenic river films, a brief presentation, and the music of Murphys’ local bluegrass band, The Risky
Biscuits. The event begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m.

 
.Volcano Armory Hall


The featured film of the evening will be “Run Wild, Run Free!” by Shane
Anderson. This documentary explores the history of the National Wild and
Scenic Rivers Act and how it has benefitted wild rivers all across America.
It will be followed by a brief presentation about the Mokelumne Wild and
Scenic designation and the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Refreshments will be available along with a cash wine and beer bar.
The suggested donation for the event is $10. Proceeds from the event will
benefit California river conservation.

The event will be co-sponsored by Sierra CPR, a new Sierra Nevada-focused nonprofit conservation organization based in Calaveras County.

For more information, contact Carolyn Schooley, Foothill Conservancy, 209-223-3508, or Michael Wier, CalTrout, 530-318-3226.

50 Wild _Scenic logo
 
Foothill Conservancy
35 Court Street, Suite 1
Jackson CA 95642
fhc@foothillconservancy.org

209-223-3508



Thursday, September 27, 2018

Letter to the Editor: Part 4: Haven, Jordan and Elijah Halstead - Scott Allen

This is the last in a series of four letters I submitted to ACN to discuss a tragic house fire in September 1999 that claimed the lives a father and three children. My hope in writing the letters is to remember these precious children and also to help raise awareness of the issues of domestic violence/intimate partner violence, mental health, and substance abuse.

I’m not sure if anyone or any group would like to create some sort of permanent campaign or memorial in honor of these children. Perhaps this series of letters will have to suffice. I don’t seek to divide people with these letters, but to bring people together to remember Haven, Jordan, and Elijah so that current and future children are spared from violence and death. Whatever intervention was needed to prevent their deaths, it was not to be. If resources or initiative were lacking at the time, it was with no malfeasance or done by wittingly putting these children in danger. I hope we can all work together, even if it’s just among neighbors, to make Amador County a safer place for everyone, particularly our children. There are wonderful people and institutions in Amador County that work very hard every day to help families deal with mental health problems, substance abuse, intimate partner violence (IPV), child custody matters, etc. The key is putting people in touch with services and encouraging them to report their or others’ suffering. I’m no savior or anyone special, but maybe something could be done that can permanently memorialize these children that can also add in some way to the current effort in Amador County to help connect people with resources that will ultimately help protect people and their families from IPV and other issues I’ve mentioned.

I hesitated to send my thoughts as letters to the editor. It’s a very sensitive subject and I’m by no means an expert on any of the issues discussed in these letters that our community/society faces. Additionally, you’d be forgiven for thinking I could have met my goal of raising awareness about these issues without bringing up such a dreadful and traumatic incident. However, I felt this compulsion to discuss Haven, Jordan, and Elijah because I wanted to connect them to a current call for action. I know the community deeply mourned these children after their deaths. I don’t mean to chastise anyone for not, for example, building a monument in memory of the children. There is no right or wrong way to remember a loved one or friend that you have lost. I know these children aren’t truly forgotten. My intent with these letters is two-fold: 1) to remember Haven, Jordan, and Elijah because what happened to them was so unfair and unspeakably sad; and, 2) to add a small voice to the chorus of people who are speaking up loudly everyday to help their fellow Amadorians who are facing the kinds of issues I’ve discussed.

If I have failed in my efforts or if I’ve grossly mischaracterized people and events in these letters, I apologize. I’ve done my best to present my opinion in a thoughtful manner and include facts, at least as I understand them. My hope is that even if my letters are riddled with inaccuracies, someone finds a tiny piece of information that can help them. My feelings about all of this aren’t important and are barely worth mentioning. The only thing that I do feel is important is that I feel it necessary to keep these children in our collective consciousness. I think their story can possibly help other couples or families dealing with hardship. If that’s not possible, perhaps you can use your own memory of lost friend or loved one to bring about change. Please understand that I’m almost 20 years late to this story. Apart from the deep sadness I feel about the loss of these children, I also feel helpless. I wanted to find a way in 2018 to help these children who died on September 14, 1999. What could I do? Not much. At least for now, writing about them was all I could think of, as misguided as that writing may be. I hope I’ve helped. If not, I am sorry.

I don’t think it’s possible to not leave the story of what happened to Haven, Jordan, and Elijah Halstead on a somber note. I’ve found that sometimes a good treatment (albeit a temporary one) for moments of sadness is music. It took years before I could develop an appreciation for so-called “Easy Listening” music. One song finally stood out to me in adulthood, and that is James Taylor’s “Shower The People.” The lyrics and meaning are simplistic and idealistic. But they speak to the absolute necessity for people, especially families and friends, to never stop sharing their love for each other. And to me, love is protection. We can’t protect Haven, Jordan, and Elijah, but we can work to protect our children today in 2018 and in the future. Life, marriage, and family can be complicated and difficult, but we should always be able to take refuge in each other’s love, especially, and always, children. I want to leave everyone with a simple reminder courtesy of James Taylor:

“…Oh, father and mother, sister and brother
If it feels nice, don't think twice

Just shower the people you love with love
Show them the way that you feel
Things are gonna work out fine if you only will
Shower the people you love with love
Show them the way you feel
Things are gonna be much better if you only will

You can run but you cannot hide
This is widely known
And what you plan to do with your foolish pride
When you're all by yourself alone
Once you tell somebody the way that you feel
You can feel it beginning to ease
I think it's true what they say about the squeaky wheel
Always getting the grease.

Better to shower the people you love with love
Show them the way that you feel
Things are gonna be just fine if you only will
Shower the people you love with love
Show them the way that you feel
Things are gonna be much better if you only will…”


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Letter to the Editor: Part 3: Haven, Jordan and Elijah Halstead - Scott Allen

This is the third letter in a series of four on the September 1999 house fire that claimed the lives of Timothy Halstead, and his three children Haven, Jordan, and Elijah. As mentioned in my previous letters my hope in writing the letters is to remember these precious children and also to help raise awareness of the issues of domestic violence/intimate partner violence, mental health, and substance abuse.

This happened in 1999, well before where we are now with the MeToo movement and the incredibly heightened awareness of mental illness. It’s heartening to know that so many brave women, and even men, are speaking out today against abuse and violence. That hopefully will go a long way towards avoiding senseless deaths down the line, particularly when it involves couples/families. Unfortunately, bad, terrible, and unspeakable things happen to human beings every day. It’s the human condition – it’s unavoidable. We all suffer as adults, but the least we can do is protect children as much as possible from that suffering. Nothing can be done for Jordan, Elijah, Haven, and their father. Those children will never get the justice they deserve, nor will their family. There will never be closure - no silver lining - when something like this happens. Haven Devon Halstead would be 27 years old right now; Jordan Mathias Alexander Halstead, 24; Elijah Murray Halstead, 23. They should all still be with us today, as should so many other innocent women and children lost to senseless violence. Additionally, Timothy Halstead should be with us also. My intent in saying that is not to forgive, honor, or memorialize Tim Halstead, and it is not meant to deflect his culpability or minimize the horrific act; an act I believe he purposely caused. It is only to acknowledge that he needed serious help.

If our kids don’t matter, then nothing else matters. Virtually every decision we make should be influenced by whether it will leave children better off today, tomorrow, next week, next year, and in 50 years. Intimate partner violence (IPV)/domestic violence is a kind of slow drip toxin that slowly but surely contaminates and decimates the body over months and years. Eventually the body fills up though. Without extraordinary - and perhaps at the time impossible - measures, the deaths of Haven, Jordan, Elijah, and Timothy Halstead may not have been preventable. It’s possible that the rage Timothy Halstead felt towards Alyse Alexander was so unbelievably intense (and the extent of which wasn’t fully known by friends or family) that as many stated in the days after the fire, no one thought he’d try to inflict as much pain on Alyse as possible by hurting their children. Perhaps it’s a case of someone in dire need of mental health care suddenly “snapping.” He just snapped the morning of the court date that was only hours away to address reinstatement of a restraining order Alyse had against him (she had previously requested, and the court granted, the restraining order be dropped). Additionally, on the day of the fire, he was to submit to the court written verification that had enrolled in court-ordered weekly anger-management counseling. Based only on what I’ve read, he had no history of abuse or threats towards his children. I don’t have the answers. I’m not a mental health practitioner, a lawyer, family law expert, social worker, or law enforcement officer, and I don’t pretend to be. I won’t be offended if someone who works in one of these professions points out where I may be wrong, am misinterpreting something, or that I’m just plain misinformed. I’m trying to be thoughtful, but I know I will probably fall short.

What I do know is that it’s vital to let someone know if you think someone and/or their children are in a violent situation. It’s probably very uncomfortable to make a claim against someone else and end up being wrong. If you’re a victim, hopefully you have someone you trust with whom you can confide. You don't have to tell the world, but if you tell the right people at least you have an opportunity to get the necessary help. If you know someone who is mentally ill, and you think they may harm themselves or others, tell someone. Silence can be dangerous. In its most nefarious form, silence can be complicity. Silence can also be used to hide shame and embarrassment and/or to avoid accountability. Perhaps all of this writing simply serves as a reminder to me and anyone who reads this that it’s okay to be inquisitive sometimes. Not to purposely cause mental anguish for anyone, of course, but to encourage anyone who knows someone who may be in trouble. Perhaps you, the reader, are in trouble and need help. It might take an outsider to help pull someone/a family out of a volatile situation. We may at times need an advocate to help us out. Advocates might be neighbors, friends, or complete strangers. For anyone who has tried, either successfully or unsuccessfully, to intervene in another family’s problems, it was probably quite uncomfortable to insert yourself into a situation you thought needed addressing or to save someone you thought needed saving. Maybe you told a parent how to raise their child. Maybe you called the police or Child Protective Services. Maybe you confronted someone’s violent ex-partner. Maybe you were right in the end. Maybe you were wrong. Maybe your decision ended a friendship. Maybe your decision to intervene saved a marriage, or improved the lives of children, or even saved a life (or lives). The victim(s) is not at fault for creating the situation, but they may need someone else to help remove them from that situation. It might be hard to know what the right thing to do is. It’s okay to ask for help and to ask if someone else needs help. Maybe everything humanly possible was done by everyone to help and protect this family. Regardless, and almost 20 years later, I still feel compelled to help remind folks of the critical need seek help for yourself or others that are in danger.

“If You See Something, Say Something” is the Department of Homeland Security’s slogan which “engages the public in protecting our homeland through awareness-building, partnerships, and other outreach.” Depending on the source and the criterion used, one’s odds of dying on American soil as the result of a terrorist attack is anywhere from 1 in 1,000,000 to 1 in 20,000,000. Politically motivated terrorism is real, but it is a very distant threat to our everyday lives, especially in Amador County. In contrast, nearly 1 in 4 adult women and approximately 1 in 7 adult men report having experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC). However, most IPV incidents are never reported. Additionally, the CDC found that from 2003-2014, more than 55 percent of female homicide victims were killed in connection to IPV. Also, per CDC, in 2015, homicide was among the 15 leading causes of death for age groups under 1 year (14th), ages 1–4 (3rd), ages 5–14 (5th). I don’t cite all of this information to try to cause a phrenzy of people snooping on their neighbors or friends to see what they are doing to each other or their children. It is a reminder that IPV is far and away more common than many of the things we typically fear, as well as a reminder to speak up if you think something is wrong. You might have to speak up repeatedly. You may cause discomfort or anger. Amador County does have resources to help people dealing with IPV, mental health issues, drug/alcohol dependency, etc. Reach out to the National Alliance on Mental Health Amador County office, Operation Care, the Amador County Behavioral Health Department, or The Resource Connection, to name a few. Or talk to a friend, a stranger, a colleague, a clergy member - anyone whom you trust. The California Judicial Council has a domestic violence self-help section on its website. I’m surely leaving out other great resources.

Previously reported upon data from the 2018 County Health Status Profile (California Department of Public Health) shows that Amador County had the third highest suicide rate in the state from 2014-2016. While in raw numbers homicides in Amador County are rare, Amador County had the 11th highest homicide rate from 2014-2016. Amador County experienced a double-murder-suicide as recently as April of this year. This is a small community and we need to use the personal connections we have that are lacking in many larger communities to help one another if we think someone or some family may be in trouble. That might not be enough, but we can at least try.

My hope is that this letter, and all of my letters on this issue, can help connect someone with the services they need. I will leave you with one final letter on the matter that I hope will appear soon after this letter.