Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Enabling failure

April 15, 2018


To the editor:

County Commissioner Nancy Thellman’s description of a proposed mental health crisis center as “another revolving door” evidences a bias against the citizens of the county and ignorance of the importance of such a center.

Citizens who need crisis care for mental health and addiction problems are not losers who need to be incarcerated. In communities all around America, crisis centers effectively keep people out of jail and restore them to health. This is something residents of Douglas County deserve!

On the other hand, expanding our jail only expands a revolving door that ensnares people in a pattern of failure. Our current county facility may be inadequate, but doubling the capacity only binds us to failed practices that do not improve life in our community. The cost in tax dollars and human lives is beyond reason. Voting no on the upcoming ballot is a smart choice.

Justice Matters is trying to place on the November ballot a proposition that will create the mental health crisis center we need for Douglas County. It will do so at a reasonable cost, and it will restore our fellow citizens to health and productivity. To make real improvements in our county, vote no now, then vote yes in November. It’s the better way!


Francis Hunt 4 days, 14 hours ago

You say "vote no now, then vote yes in November, it's the better way!" You are pretty confident you are going to get 5,000 signatures. Have you seen all the vote yes signs in town? And say you do get 5,000 signatures, what is the better way? It appears you want to short fund mental health.

I am curious. This is your second letter in as many weeks in opposition. I know that many of your congregation members do not feel the same as you. How as a minister do you justify only representing part of your congregation?

Melinda Henderson 4 days, 14 hours ago

Wow. LJWorld must be really short on LTEs that oppose the sales tax if they're recycling the same person's opinion in less than a month.

Sharilyn Wells 4 days, 14 hours ago

Francis white privilege has something to do over incarceration.

Melinda Henderson 4 days, 14 hours ago

Context, Brian, context. Here's the entire quote, referencing Justice Matters property tax proposal, which would only fund a very scaled-down crisis center, as opposed to the comprehensive behavioral health services plan that the sales tax will fund:

"It sounds like Justice Matters is only interested in a crisis center, so maybe that’s why,” she said. “But if a crisis center is all you do, then you’re just creating another revolving door. The county’s plan is more comprehensive, going beyond crisis care to prevention, recovery and even special housing.”

Details can be found here: https://www.douglascountyks.org/groups/ballot-initiative/county-news/2018/02/14/expanding-behavioral-health-services

Richard Heckler 2 days, 5 hours ago

I want fewer new jail cells and a larger " State of the Art" mental health treatment facility in this county.

In my larger picture a mental health industry surfaces considering conservatives have seen fit to eliminate mental health care so to speak.

Bob Smith 1 day, 17 hours ago

How many threads did you spam with this same post today? OCD?

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