Letters for the Week of September 4 

Readers sound off on single-cup coffee, climate change, and Richmond's city council.

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One of its clients, Betty Bedregal, joined the program in 2012. Originally from Peru, Betty immigrated to the US to find better and safer opportunities for her family. With the support of AnewAmerica, she and her family opened Betty's Butterflies Day Care, a bilingual, multicultural, and green day care in Mountain View.

Through her day care business, Betty implemented two innovative programs—AnewAmerica's Healthy Roots and Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!". With Healthy Roots, children learn and become aware of the importance of organic, sustainable, and edible gardening, and balanced nutrition. With "Let's Move!", Betty's day care coordinates activities including neighborhood walks, holiday events, and nutritious family potlucks to invite families from the community to be healthy together.

In October 2012, Betty was recognized as a Top 7 Business Model Finalist in the Santa Clara County StartUp Cup Business Model Competition. In May 2013, she received a public nomination and was invited to attend the Champions of Change Ceremony for Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Innovators at the White House as an audience member. 

Betty is committed to helping families in her community live happy and healthy lives. She is a role model and inspiration to other aspiring entrepreneurs. Betty will be awarded with the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award at AnewAmerica's upcoming annual Microbusiness Expo on August 29 at the Kaiser Center Rooftop Garden.

José Antonio Flores, Berkeley

Corrections

Our August 28 feature, "Waste: The Dark Side of the New Coffee Craze," misstated how long humans have been brewing coffee. It has not been for thousands of years, as we stated. Some historical accounts place the first use of coffee around the 9th century, although the exact date is unknown.

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