In her article June 5, Leslie Baker used inane speculation and hyperbole in a conspiratorial rant to accuse "socialists" and the media for systemic failures to address mental health issues.

I absolutely agree that drugs are over prescribed and are in many cases the wrong approach, but I do not blame working mothers or daycare assistance.

Our mental health crisis is due as much to ill advised budget cuts, insufficient tax revenue, corporate greed and social conditions, as well as a lack of government response.

As it stands our streets and our prisons serve as the alternative to the lack of affordable mental healthcare and assistance to families suffering for their loved ones. Articles such as her seek only to fix the blame, not the problem and to further divide us with "strawman" arguments.

Carter Roberts,

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cakeman

Leslie Baker writes her articles just so she has something to read. They are just ponderous.

pxllr

Interesting. She writes: Our mental health crisis is due as much to ill advised budget cuts, insufficient tax revenue, corporate greed and social conditions, as well as a lack of government response."

Then blames socialism? Budget cuts? Insufficient tax revenue? Corporate greed? Social conditions? Lack of government response? Those are all capitalistic approaches to the problem, not socialism. What she is asking for is the socialist solution to these things. Which is more government response and involvement.

So which is it? Does she want a socialist response or more of the conservatives response that is failing to even recognize the problem?

Universal healthcare including mental healthcare would solve the issues she is complaining about in her post. But that will never happen as long as corporate insurance and pharmaceutical companies control our government.

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