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The mirror knows

Re: Neil Davis letter to the editor (01-26-11):

You want proof Neil; look in the mirror.

 

‘Angel’ touches shopper’s heart

I had shopped at the dollar Store and left with a loaded cart—dog food, heavy canned goods packed in plastic bags.

When I got the curb, I left my cart in front of my car. I started to take two bags to the car, but when I looked down at the pavement, it was covered with ice with a layer of water on top. I hesitated, remembering I had to be careful even though it had been awhile since hip surgery.

I made my way carefully to the car, opened the back door and proceeded to place the bags in the back seat. When I started back to my cart, there was a nice-looking gentleman standing by my cart. He said, “Let my help you, I noticed you were struggling so I’ll just hand the bags to you.”

It took him only a few minutes and he had carried everything to my car. I turned and gave him a big hug and said, “Thank you!” He said “Be careful now,” and took my cart back to the store.

I had been touched by an angel and I hadn’t asked his name.

   

Mental illness stigmatized

In the wake of great tragedy such as the recent Arizona shootings, the temptation exists to isolate a single factor that can make sense of unthinkable violence. The reality is that a multitude of factors converged to lead events to unfold as they did. To focus on mental illness as the lone predictor contributes to its own tragedy; the false belief that people with mental illness are violent and should be feared.

Research has borne out time and again that mental illness, even at its most severe, is not alone a predictor of violence. The Elbogen study in 2009 outlined the top ten predictors of violence. They were as follows: age (the younger the person, the higher the risk), history of violence, gender (males are more likely to become violent than females), history of juvenile detention, divorce or separation within the past year, history of physical abuse, parental criminal history, and unemployment within the past year. It is not until ninth on the list that mental illness becomes a factor, and even then, it is only when mental illness exists in combination with substance abuse. A person with mental illness and no history of substance abuse and no history of violence is no more likely to be violent than anyone else in the general population, and in fact, are at two and a halftimes greater risk of being the victim of violence at some point in their lives.

Mental illness stigma is based largely on the false belief that mental illness equates with dangerousness. Due to stigma, individuals struggling to overcome a mental illness can face a constant series of rejections and exclusions. People struggling to recover from mental illness can find themselves denied adequate housing, loans, health insurance, jobs, and isolated from the support of friends, family and their community. Stigma about mental illness is so pervasive, it is often what prevents people from seeking help. The only way to fight stigma is with facts. The fact is that 26% of people will suffer from symptoms of a mental illness in their lifetime. They are no more likely than anyone else to become violent. There are things we each can do to fight the stigma. Educate yourself about mental illness. Be aware of hurtful language and challenge media stereotypes. Support those with mental health issues. Understand that mental illness is a disease, much like diabetes or cancer, and can be managed very successfully with proper treatment. Perpetuating misplaced and misguided fear only serves to prevent those who need help from seeking it.

   

The hate comes from the left

When I was a youngster I worked for Wm. Kittenbrink. I rode around with him in his car and dug up musk thistle in his pastures. He was pretty old and couldn’t turn his head to see traffic approaching from the side. So, I also had the job of co-pilot.

I think he was a millionaire and contributed a lot to the funding of our hospital. It didn’t occur to me that he might be evil if he didn’t pay as much in taxes as some other person. I was just glad that he gave me a job and amazed that he drove his car around in pastures. The money he paid me, trickled down to the people who make comic books.

When a wealthy person buys a yacht, they are supporting a company that employs people and purchases materials from numerous suppliers, who also employ people. Those employees buy goods and services from countless others, that also employ people.

Socialists don’t like this plan, but they can’t come up with anything that works better. In fact, they can’t come up with a plan that works at all.

Liberal thinking is, if you make up to $500,000 you are deserving of a tax break. If you make one cent more, you should rot in hell. How does the amount of money someone else makes, affect you negatively? It seems like envy to me.

Liberals are all about equality, until it comes down to the source of their money supply. They want you to focus on the victims and forget about the fact that they are sanctioning theft by the government, to obtain what they are unable to get on their own. If you think they should have the freedom to do that, I reserve the right to be free from your way of thinking.

Was the recession caused by the Bush tax cuts? From 2000 to 2010 federal spending on Medicare rose 81%, Medicaid and SCHIP 87%, unemployment benefits 559% and federal employee health programs 232%. Maybe entitlement spending played a part.

A simple graph showing debt as a percentage of GDP, makes it easy to see. It was only after Democrats took over Congress in 2007 that real problems began. Their policies caused the sub-prime mortgage meltdown.

What does it mean to be tired of the hate and hype? Absolutely nothing, if you engage in the same practices you are complaining about. The liberal media onslaught after the shootings in Tucson is the perfect example. Within hours (with total disregard for facts or truth), pundits and Democrat politicians, had Sarah Palin training the shooter and painting targets on the victims. Rush Limbaugh bought the gun. The Tea Party gave the shooter a ride to Safeway on their bus. No facts, no truth.

Both sides engage in hype. That won’t change. Republicans police their own. Democrats make excuses. The hate has always been on the left. If you think I’m wrong, show me proof.

   

Who is the good neighbor?

To all of you good neighbors and those who care:

I’m 82 years old and I’ve lived in the same neighborhood for 40 years and never had any trouble with my neighbors.

Unfortunately I’ve been handicapped in a wheelchair for the last two or three years. A couple of days ago my boy was using my neighbor’s drive way. She came out of her house and told us we couldn’t use her drive to load me in my pickup. She called the police and they came down and explained to us that if we used it again she would have me arrested for trespassing.

I’m pretty upset with her, but she’s probably right.

Question: Who is the good neighbor and who is the bad neighbor? If I go to town I might have to use somebody else’s driveway. What do I do then?

   

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