Re "Mental patients bused - and crime followed" (Page A1, Dec. 15): I commend The Sacramento Bee for shining light on local issues, but you've been unfair toward Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas. The cause of the problem isnt giving bus tickets to the mentally ill. Its that they were discharged in the first place. True, some of those discharged from Rawson-Neal went out and stole cars or committed other serious crimes. But some discharges from our local psychiatric institutions have committed similar serious crimes. Patients rights now trump public safety. Thus, those with serious mental illnesses are being released into our neighborhoods daily before they are ready. We've no right to shame Rawson-Neal because we are doing the same thing just without the bonus of a bus ticket.
-- Chris Smith, Rocklin