I was shocked to read that the county has cut aid to the mentally ill. Have we learned nothing from past experience?

The man who shot several people — including Gabby Giffords and an 8-year-old girl — Jared Lee Loughner, clearly suffered from some mental distress. The man in New York who recently killed and dismembered an 8-year-old boy was on antipsychotic medication, and claims to hear voices in his head. The stories go on and on.

And now, to “balance the budget” we are cutting services from the people that need it most, the mentally ill.

Being mentally ill is not a choice, they cannot snap out of it and join society in a reasonable and conformist manner.

Couldn’t some politicians take pay cuts instead? They just had some time off.

I wonder what level of distress and isolation the mentally ill will now feel, and whether or not it will cause them to lash out on the innocent. Now we wait and hope that no tragedies unfold from this ridiculous act.

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