Undoing decades

June 5, 2009 

How ironic that we would read of Barbara Matula's untimely death (June 3 news article) at the same time our legislators are meeting in committee to dismantle much of the fine work she accomplished in her two decades of service to the medically fragile poor, the mentally ill and developmentally disable.

I hope we can use her historical guidance in our quest to educate our leaders in the devastating effects these massive human service cuts will have on residents who need medical, behavioral and social support. Our legislators are now making decisions that will potentially devastate our ability to humanely care for our disabled population and put thousands of health care workers out of work. Our primary goal should be to save these essential services while defending Barbara's fine legacy.

Anita T. Toney


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