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Let's meet the needs of the mentally ill 

Many thanks for publishing Zaf Iqbal’s opinion piece as the Nov. 5 commentary (“Striking down the stigma”). He covers the issue with a complete presentation of the history, current needs, and the inability by some to burst their bubble of prejudice and irrationality toward the establishment of this so critically needed facility. Those very few in Templeton who oppose this development are the truly dangerous ones: They refuse to accept facts, notably since “the mentally ill make up 27 percent of the U.S. population, they are responsible for about 4 percent of all violent acts,” Iqbal wrote. My question to them is: If a new idea crosses your horizon, and it doesn’t match up to your prejudices, does that make it false? Thankfully there are many more citizens of SLO County who are compassionate, accepting of diversity, and willing to embrace change with grace. We need to go forward in meeting the needs of all our citizens, not just those who bend to the will of social bullies.

-- Mardi Geredes - Atascadero

-- Mardi Geredes - Atascadero

-- Mardi Geredes - Atascadero

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