Proposition 63 funds help for real mental illness 

Virtually no Proposition 63 money funds true early intervention programs, contrary to Patricia Ryan’s implied assertions (“Programs help catch mental illness early,” Opinion, Sunday). The soon-to-be-diagnosed will always be a tiny fraction of the 6 percent of the population who are seriously mentally ill. There is too much Prop. 63 prevention money for this small group. The only such program San Francisco funded last year screened 183 people. In contrast, millions went to programs such as Indian drumming for people with no mental health diagnoses.

Bureaucrats ignored where most prevention money is supposed to go: to relapse prevention programs, i.e., programs “aimed at reducing the duration of untreated severe mental illnesses and assisting people in quickly regaining productive lives.” (Prop. 63, Section 4(c)). No prevention money is going to such programs. Instead, the state is throwing hundreds of millions at happy-making activities, which cannot prevent serious mental illness.

Mary Ann Bernard
Mental Illness Policy Org.
New York, N.Y

Romney blasts own plan

A clear indication that GOP candidate Mitt Romney’s Medicare plan is worse than the current one is that Romney is assuring seniors that his new plan isn’t going to apply to them.

He’s telling them not to worry because only people who are (currently) under 55 will be affected by the changes. So if you are assuring seniors that Romney’s changes aren’t going to apply to them, isn’t that the same as admitting that Romney’s changes are worse for seniors? If these changes made things better, then that’s something I would want now. President Barack Obama isn’t ashamed of his plan the way Romney is.

Marc Perkel

Brown spending foolishly

It is a great day in California! One less day of Gov. Jerry Brown. Hit the road, Jerry, we need a new governor (“Legislators are ignoring scandals in governance,” Opinion, Monday).

There was also the letter printed Monday (“Brown holds kids hostage”) that pointed to Brown’s tax proposal on the November ballot where he says that if the voters do not pass the tax proposal, he will have to cut two weeks off the school year.

Usually, a homeowner, before he or she builds a room downstairs or remodels a home, will first fix a leaking roof to avoid repairs later to the new remodeling. But in the case of the governor, with a badly-in-need-of-repair state infrastructure, he wishes to build a perpetual canal and a high-speed rail system without the money to build them, or to pay for maintenance on the systems once they are completed.

Frank Norton
San Francisco

Toss cheating Melk dud

By his own admission, the Giants’ Melky Cabrera used performance-enhancing drugs. He should not be suspended for 50 games. He should be kicked out of baseball! 

How about it, Commissioner Bud Selig?

Herb Stark
Massapequa, N.Y.

Sheriff should step down

Yes, everybody makes mistakes. We are a forgiving society and everyone deserves a second chance.

But not for suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. If he had taken full responsibility immediately after the story broke in January that he bruisedis wife’s arm,   most people, including me, would have had more of a tendency to forgive and forget.

Instead, Mirkarimi dragged this on for months. First he said it was a private family matter. Then he hired high-profile lawyers to get him off. He only struck a deal with the District Attorney’s Office when he realized the evidence was against him.  Mirkarimi had his chances.

Ernest Tam
San Francisco

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