Letters | Mental Health System in Crisis

Compelling article diminished by shock-value approach

“The front-page presentation of the Spotlight article only increases the stigma.” — Marka O’Connell

Letters | Mental Health System in Crisis

We’re abandoning the most seriously ill patients

“Starting with overzealous deinstitutionalization, we have abandoned the concept of asylum in its most positive sense.” — Dr. Eugene J. Fierman

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Mass. must make involuntary outpatient treatment available

“Clearly, Massachusetts must increase funding for outpatient mental health care, but it should also pass legislation on assisted outpatient treatment.” — Dr. Ronald W. Pies

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Systemic woes keep many in Mass. from care they need

“Ill-equipped and fearful families frequently assume the crushing responsibility of caring for loved ones because the current system is impossible to navigate and there are simply not enough resources.” — Laurie Martinelli

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No one in UK wins with this referendum

“As an immigrant from the United Kingdom who is a US citizen, I was shocked and horrified by the Brexit vote.” — Mike Balfe

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Lesson here: No place for complacency in an electorate

“In a democracy, complacency is complicit in the triumph of lunacy.” — Ken Fraser

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More proof that for voters, facts are beside the point

“People don’t vote based on the facts. They vote on the ‘facts’ that they choose to believe.” — Nancy Kellogg

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Tourists may love ‘Brexit upside,’ but it will be lost on the poor

“There’s another side to this bonanza. Here and in England, the working poor can scarcely afford to feed their families.” — Jane Gilman

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EU membership was folly to begin with

“Britain’s real democratic failure was from the beginning — a progressive fraud perpetrated at the expense of the local people.” — Robin Flocken

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Silly Democrats — they actually want Congress to do something

“What will members of Congress want next? A vote on the president’s nominee to the Supreme Court?” — Barry Brodsky

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In letting fear outweigh compassion, we forget how desperate migrants are

“I, for one, will not stand idly by and expect the migrants to die quietly, out of my sight.” — Laura Wagner

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In an emergency, homeless families need beds, not a crunch of numbers

“The costs of offering a bed to a homeless family with no place to sleep are low however you figure it.” — Miriam Stein

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We fail the most vulnerable by wrangling over policy

“Of course, an adequate supply of affordable housing is the ultimate solution to the problem of homelessness.” — Jim Stewart

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Stakeholders take step forward on hospital reimbursement

“Massachusetts is finally primed to develop a plan to address the crisis of unfair reimbursement that threatens community hospitals.” — Tyrék D. Lee Sr.

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Dueling schools could do better by working together

“It is an opportunity for the Commonwealth School in Boston to think creatively about how to work collaboratively with the private academy in Springfield.” — Naomi Bar-Yam

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We must keep up the fight for equality in the boardroom

“To imply that women should be content with recent, modest increases in board representation is to direct women to sit quietly, politely grateful for that which is given.” — Adina Giannelli

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One tiny name change, and problem solved

“Perhaps the tony Back Bay institution could change its name to Commonwealth $chool.” — Joe Carper

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Schools’ dispute over name shouldn’t be blown up into a class war

“The story implied that we would never seek to enroll ‘underprivileged’ students. Our admissions team puts in countless hours reaching out to urban public schools.” — Catherine Brewster

The Scroll

Readers’ views offer range of reaction to British vote

Online readers weigh in on Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

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Walkout by Moulton, Clark was a disgrace

“Another nail in the coffin for possible bipartisanship on responsible gun control.” — Charles Bucke

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The whole point of walkout was to shake Congress from its stupor

“Yes, they did do it to make a political point — that Congress ought to do something about gun control.” — Eli Bortman

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In the face of inaction, any of us could be the next victim

“Any of us could be the next victims of a massacre here in the United States.” — Rudy Termini

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Lawmakers’ stunt invites only cynicism

“No one in the real world, with real concerns, buys their earnestness.” — Sean F. Flaherty

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Democrats’ House sit-in renews her confidence in elected officials

“It’s been life-affirming to watch the passion of speaker after speaker standing firm against the stonewalling that is blocking any form of regulations on guns.” — Maureen Malcolm

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Smart growth isn’t very smart where a transit crunch exists

“We need to have a moratorium on high-density development in urban areas where a transit crunch exists.” — Nat Green