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Star Editor David Stoneberg’s story about Yolanda Irby, the homeless woman of St. Helena, was a masterful work of insight and journalism ("A human tragedy in plain sight," May 12).

I have often driven by Yolanda sitting on the bench at Adams and Railroad, but I was afraid of her because I read in the police log that she spits on people.

But Stoneberg had the courage to write a very sensitive story and it explained so much about the complexities of the homeless and our community. Yolanda has refused to be taken into a shelter and she has refused entreaties from her own family who want her to come home so they can take care of her. And yet Stoneberg illustrated that Yolanda is intelligent, she has spunk and sheesh, what a mouth she has on her!

I feel that our small town is extremely fortunate to have a newspaper as great as the St. Helena Star. If you missed the Yolanda Irby story, I urge you to look it up online.

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Jeannine Yeomans

St. Helena

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