Even though I moved to Modesto from Patterson in 1980, I still consider Patterson my hometown and have always been proud of the achievements of the community members, leaders and the community in whole.
I am saddened by the actions taken by former Councilwoman Annette Smith and candidate Dennis McCord against Councilwoman Sheree Lustgarten.
I am a former director (as a volunteer) of the Stanislaus County Women’s Shelter (Haven) and saw firsthand the suffering of so many of the women that came to the shelter seeking safety for their children and themselves from a husband or mate that abused them.
Many of these women want a better life for themselves and their children, and it is not easy, or something to be proud of, to yell at the top of their lungs their past as a battered woman.
I applaud Councilwoman Lustgarten for her commitment to open up, and with her story she has given hope to other women. So she omitted some of this information from her past in a Modesto Bee questionnaire sent to her by email. So what? Many of us don’t print everything from our past, especially if we are hesitant to look back to the time when we were in a dark place in our life.
Let him cast the first stone that has never sinned before.
Maggie Avila Mejia, Modesto, Patterson High School Class of 1967