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Guest Opinion: It is the whole person who matters in Newtown

Original post made on Jan 11, 2013

I grew up in Newtown, Conn. It was so painful to watch the aftermath of the tragedy there last month. Yet seeing the graciousness of the town even through the pain reminded me of the aspects I loved about Newtown growing up — a small town where everyone was known for who they were as a whole, in context.

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Posted by Palo Alto resident
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jan 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Thanks for the writing. It made me think...

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Posted by village fool
a resident of another community
on Jan 12, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Thank you!!
Your writing reminds me the thread started by - midtown resident - just post the Newtown's tragedy, stating he/she had enough.
I believe the ending of this local posting is very true:
... , I feel that the problem runs much deeper. We have to look, not at Adam Lanza but in the mirror.

I dare add that we need to look not only in mirror, but also at some local cultural consensuses, taken for granted by the powerful ones - those who unfortunately sometime impact the ability of some to name, identify the mirror reflection for what it really is.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 12, 2013 at 5:44 pm

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Posted by village fool
a resident of another community
on Jan 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Sadly, Palo Alto presented nationally unique consternation of tragedies - kids choosing to go to the train.
Seems to me that midtown resident and others suggesting to look in the mirror may agree that a direct, open discussion in long overdue.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 13, 2013 at 9:20 pm

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Posted by Chuck D
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm

A couple points:

History has shown us that whenever Sharon uses the term, "the evidence is overwhelming", she in fact has no evidence. Over and over, when asked to document or substantiate a claim, she refuses, or fails miserably.

I will agree with one statement: "Up until the late 70s such people were locked up in mental hospitals..." Yes, then Gov Ronnie Raygun shut down the hospitals. Shotly thereafter, the homeless in Palo Alto become significantly more visible. Thanks, Ronnie!

Lastly: someone was in her cups after the cocktail hour?

- "We never had this problem in the US" Uh, really? Never, ever had mentally ill folks in the US before?

- "non drug gang massagers" ???????

- "and the other LSD soaked clowns" ??????

Followed by Sharon's scientific analysis: "their un-scientific/ political theories about serious mental illness."


That's pretty unbalanced.

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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 14, 2013 at 1:37 pm

We need not only better mental health screening, but also much better access to mental health professionals AND mandatory insurance coverage for mental health issues. Even here in Palo Alto, there is a very long wait, 3 weeks to several months, to see a psychiatrist. And what many people don't realize is that medical insurance coverage and mental health insurance are often different. While insurance companies are required to cover mental health issues at the same levels as other health issues, that is only if they actually cover mental health issues. They are NOT required to cover mental health care AT ALL. Obamacare will not change that.

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Posted by Newtowner
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm

I, too, am from Newtown and now call Palo Alto home. I find I must agree with the situation as described by Samantha in this article. It is not just that there are fewer people in Newtown (Newtown is over twice the geographical size of Palo Alto but has far fewer than half the population). It is not just that people are not in such a hurry over there (although that is likely a factor). People in Newtown do seem to be more about the "whole person" than status, etc, as Samantha rightly states in her article. I believe that there IS something we can learn from this. There is nothing WRONG with status, money, "specialized identity"... But hopefully the whole IS worth more than the sum of its parts and we can recognize the value of the "whole person."

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