Letters to the editor for Jan. 17, 2012


Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 13, 2012 at 11:27 p.m.

A place to go

I think another facility opening for the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction is great; however, what Gainesville really needs is a facility for mental health care for after a crisis stay at either Meridian or Shands Vista.

Most of the time patients are only kept for just 72 hours, even with insurance, and they are then sent home with little to no access to follow-up care.

Gainesville has state-of-the-art care in everything from cancer to severe trauma, but little for severe mental illness. A caseworker told me that most patients have 10 to 15 hospital stays per year at a crisis unit because the mental health system is broken. People without family or friends to help usually end up on the street or in jail, with little to no care for their illness.

This should not happen in a city that can do so much and help so many who truly need the help.

Michelle Muskus,

Gainesville

A little peace

Jim Stringfellow (Jan. 8) and Patsy Murray (Jan. 11) really hit the nail on the head regarding the hellish leaf blowers in our neighborhoods. It has become an epidemic on our once-quiet street.

One person saw a landscaper blowing the leaves from a yard, and then everyone wanted to have the leaves blown from their yards.

The irony is that some of those folks are out of work, yet can afford to hire a leaf-blower to do a job they could do themselves at no cost.

Others say they could stand to lose some weight — maybe go to the gym — but instead of picking up a rake and burning some calories, they drive their neighbors crazy with noise.

I have had to close all our windows and doors to try to shut out the noise and dust that seems to last forever. Do they not realize how inconsiderate they are?

Megan Smyth,

Gainesville

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