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Instead of blame, care for fellow man

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Re: Possible reason for shooting (Reader Input, Journal, Jan. 12), by Dave Imgrund. First of all, it was our elected Congress that voted for health care reform in an attempt to provide care to those who are not covered, not the Democrats alone. Secondly, if we had better health care including mental health for all that needed it, maybe this young man in Arizona would have been on medication, receiving counseling, have a job, attending school, establishing friendships, instead of falling deeper and deeper into an endless spiral of confusion, despair and whatever else plagued him. Let me remind you, that it was Gov. (Ronald) Reagan who systematically began closing down mental hospitals in California in the 1970s and 1980s, and later as president he would cut aid for federally-funded community mental health programs. Every time something like this happens, it sickens me to no end. This is how we take care of each other? We, “The People” should be up in arms about our elected officials not providing adequate care for those with mental illnesses. I also fault the Democrats for not reinstating help for the mentally ill over the years. Many people who are homeless suffer with mental illness that has either occurred prior to being homeless or as result of being homeless. Let’s quit blaming one side or the other and concentrate on electing officials who are brave enough to tackle the issue of homelessness and mental illness. Then maybe we can feel a little better about ourselves for caring for our “fellow man” and the benefit is that we will all be safer. Joanna Vogel, Meadow Vista