Democrats ignore severely mentally ill

05/14/2014 9:05 AM

05/15/2014 8:29 AM

Re "Why government misunderstands mental illness" (Viewpoints, May 14): As a lifelong Democrat, I am deeply disappointed in Reps. Doris Matsui and Nancy Pelosi for sponsoring the meaningless and expensive Democratic response to HR3717, a bill crafted by the only psychologist in Congress that promises real help for the severely mentally ill. The Barber/Pelosi/Matsui bill rejects the Democrats' historic connection with the downtrodden while reinforcing all the bad stereotypes about Democrats.

Throwing money at the worried well will not help the severely mentally ill. Particularly ironic are the millions for school anti-bullying programs, the cause du jour of the mental health lobby, as the data shows these programs--which have nothing to do with mental illness--do not even reduce bullying, and may make it worse.

The Democrats fund fluff while the severely mentally ill continue to get shot by police and eat out of garbage cans because no one will help them. For shame, Democrats.

-- Mary Ann Bernard , Sacramento

Editor's Choice Videos


Join the Discussion

The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service