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Take action against Arizona violence

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Given the charged atmosphere created by the recent Tucson violence, it is now time for us to take action to do everything in our power to prevent such a thing from happening again. California has had Laura’s Law on the books since 2002. It allows each individual county to choose to implement court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment. To qualify for the program, the person must have a serious mental illness plus a recent history of psychiatric hospitalizations, jailing or acts, threats or attempts of serious violent behavior toward self or others. As of now, Nevada County, where a murder inspired Laura’s Law, and Los Angeles County are the only counties to implement this program. Why has it not been applied in Placer County? The usual cry is, “We cannot afford to do it.” I say, “We cannot afford to not do it.” At this time Laura’s Law is our best available choice. I urge our El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to implement Laura’s Law. And I urge you, the reader, to put your pen to paper and write to editors and legislators throughout California to support this action. Putting our heads in the sand on this one is not an option. Dee Mead Jordan, Cool