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100 years ago: A 'loud Hurrah' for the holidays: Schoolchildren look forward to break

"A ‘loud Hurrah’ for the holidays: Schoolchildren look forward to break"

"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose." <br>
(The more things change, the more they stay the same,) <br>
- Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, in 'Les Guêpes', January 1849

Schoolchildren will always look forward to any vacation from school, to the point of feigning illness to avoid attendance!

December 18, 2014 at 12:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Crisis situation

Here's a good question: Suppose a person has a court commitment for an involuntary admission, and then the state hospital turns him or her away?

Is the court commitment overturned, and the records of it destroyed?

December 18, 2014 at 10:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Crisis situation

PS: That's all assuming that a hospital bed in a psychiatric hospital is always available for a walk in patient, and the referenced article is about how often they are not. It would be best for the public if psychiatric hospital beds were always available, and their use carried no stigma.

But that's just not the way it often is. If it were that way, I believe there would be a net savings in public expenditures. But, people often don't have much sympathy for people with mental health problems, and they are ever so fast to lock 'em up.

December 18, 2014 at 10:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Crisis situation

Leslie, to thoroughly familiarize yourself with what a serious mental illness is, you will need to read and understand the 'Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders' (DSM-5), (2013), now in its fifth edition. It was written for well educated physicians and psychiatrists, so to thoroughly understand it, you should first get a degree as a medical doctor, with a bit of training in psychiatry.

Anyone can buy a copy of it from Amazon.com for $102.95, and it is 991 pages full of small print. But you need a good education in the medical field and some training in psychiatry to understand it.

The Lawrence Police Department, along with other police departments, has a training program in place to train officers to identify common mental disorders, and what threats they might be to police officers and others.

It is unfortunate that such training is not also available to the public. I think that would be very useful, because then a citizen could notify the police department when a threatening situation might be a possibility, instead of waiting until a crisis develops.

As far as your comment about an employee losing their job because of getting psychiatric help, that shouldn't be a concern, because medical records are private. Or are supposed to be, anyway. I believe court commitments are an exception to that, they are on record.

A court commitment is easy to avoid. The thing to remember is that your own problems are often not obvious to you. So, if someone that's in a position to know tells you that you need to go, definitely go to the hospital, and sign yourself in. Then it will be private.

That's an overview. Go to the public library, and ask. I'm sure a librarian will find a book for you that explains the information that you want to know.

A newspaper column is not necessary, and would be of interest to only a very few.

December 18, 2014 at 10:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pair of restaurants proposed for location near Sixth Street Wal-Mart; City Hall tensions rise over East Lawrence proposal

"The loudest group is very rarely the biggest," but it's also said that <br>
"The squeaky wheel gets the grease."

December 18, 2014 at 9:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Blue traffic lights reduce red light running

That's done because of stupidity, and the benefit of it is that auto body shops are contributing more to the local economy.

December 8, 2014 at 1:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New state policy tightens Osawatomie admissions

It seems to me that halfway houses for the people with lesser psychiatric problems would be in order. At admission, an evaluation could be given to see if a halfway house would fit the patient's needs, or if a regular hospital is required. There could be varying levels of care given at the halfway houses, that is, some might have a nurse 24/7 with the patients, and visiting a psychiatrist as required, and on down to a nurse stopping by once or twice a day to hand out medications and talk to the patient to see how they are doing, and to schedule visits with a psychiatrist.

Halfway houses are not new, they've been around for a long time. I think, but am not really sure, that at least some of the patients in a psychiatric institution could receive adequate care in a halfway house.

Also, a halfway house is a good first step out of the hospital, without venturing all the way out in one step. (That's how they got their name!) Again, I'm not sure, but I think that many patients are released too early, and they end up right back in again.

The point is that it is much less expensive to keep someone in a halfway house, and no additional building is required in many cases. Large existing homes could be purchased, retrofitted as needed, and be ready to receive patients within a short period of time.

December 7, 2014 at 8:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

100 years ago: Uniforms urged for Sunday School basketball teams

That's amazing! Mr. Albert Ramiels took a knife to a gunfight, and he was the one that lived! But, it wasn't just any knife, he had a dagger. That must be a very good type of knife. I will keep that in mind, just in case.

December 4, 2014 at 8:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Grand jury won't indict Ferguson cop in shooting

I've seen civil disobedience right here in Lawrence, but there was little to no vandalism. The first that comes to mind was quite a ruckus at one of the drinking establishments in the Oread neighborhood in the 1980s. The crowd had to number in the hundreds, and only two police officers were apparently going to attempt to make sure that there was no underage drinking going on. Considering the circumstances, it was obvious to me that was surely happening. Business was good at the bar that night!

The crowd was milling about, and spilling onto the street. Someone shouted "You can't stop us from drinking!" At least one person threw a beer bottle, but not at the police officers, so the sound of breaking glass added to the effect. Then a girl yelled "You can't arrest all of us!"

I could clearly see that the two police officers weren't sure what they should do, and I think their opinion was that calling for backup was not necessary due to other more pressing problems elsewhere. Some kids were drinking and yelling, that was all that was really happening, and no one was getting hurt. This was their chance to yell at the police, with safety in numbers, I suppose.

I kept on walking, I wanted to have nothing to do with this.

The other event was a house kegger, again in the Oread neighborhood, and again in the 1980s. Considering the number of people there, there had to be a few kegs there, for sure! The crowd was noisy, and was spilling into the neighbor's yards.

I'm not sure what those two or three police officers were going to do, other than listen to all the kids yelling at them. I was with two friends, and I thought they were NUTS when they made the decision to cross the street and yell at the police officers also.

I got very upset about that, and said something like "You can do that if you want to, but I'm going to stay on this side of the street, and sit on the sidewalk if you do!"

I couldn't join that crowd! No way! Because there was a warrant out for my arrest! Because I hadn't paid a traffic ticket yet. I could go to jail!

November 28, 2014 at 12:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Grand jury won't indict Ferguson cop in shooting

If people do not like the way the law works, they should work towards changing the law. Our democratic system allows for that.

The alternative is lynching. As I understand it, Black people didn't like that either.

November 28, 2014 at 4:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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