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NAVY YARD TRAGEDY

Treat threats, support

mental health funding

Regarding “How lack of compassion failed Navy Yard shooter” (Opinion, Sept. 20), I seldom agree with Charles Krauthammer, and don’t agree with his stance on gun control in this op-ed — but he is totally right about his take on the poor shooter in the Washington Navy Yard. That man was suffering.

The plight of the mentally ill in this country is pitiful, and these horrific situations will continue until we get our heads out of the sand and offer the mentally ill treatment. Right now, we cannot compel them to accept treatment. This man’s situation was somewhat better in that he did ask for help, but since our “system” is so lax, he fell through the cracks.

Attentive care costs money, so until mental illness treatment is appropriately funded, and until our laws are amended to allow treatment of threatening persons, these kinds of horrors will continue.

BONNIE A. PARKER, DULUTH

Don’t let hysteria sway

response to shootings

Thank you, AJC, for publishing the opinions of Charles Krauthammer. For those seeking a sane (no pun intended) explanation for why the Washington Navy Yard shootings occurred, please read his Sept. 20 opinion (“How lack of compassion failed Navy Yard shooter”). It is an excellent column on the harmful effects of the government’s work with community mental health centers.

Much work is needed in dealing with mental health issues, but government knee-jerk reactions to those needs, coupled with hysteria over the Second Amendment, ultimately lead to the type of event that unfolded at the Washington Navy Yard.

WALT FARMER, MCDONOUGH

INTERNAL DISCORD

We’ve declared war

on our own citizens

As citizens and residents, we’ve mostly ignored the real wars being waged right here in our country: the war against children by cutting school budgets; the war against the poor by criminalizing them and misplacing blame for budget woes; the war against the sick by demonizing the Affordable Care Act, and the war being waged in our streets by police killings of unarmed citizens.

All wars have casualties and some things in common — the first being the truth. All wars are dirty. All wars disproportionately affect the stakeholders. Ask the soldier, the child, the poor person, the sick person, and those being profiled and violated by police.

RONALD D. JOHNSON, AUSTELL

ETHICS

State panel’s actions

have unpleasant odor

Luckily, we don’t need newspaper to wrap our fish in anymore (“Your daily jolt: Governor slams newspaper for reviving ethics case,” ajc.com, Sept. 19) — but we do need reporting on the handling of ethics violations by Gov. Nathan Deal. The whole issue has an unpleasant odor, and I look forward to getting the “reel” story.

TRISH SILVERIA, BROOKHAVEN

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