Elected officials from both parties feel burden of responsibilities

June 25, 2017 at 3:06 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

The assessment of "Pepper" Adams' mental condition is accurate, as Allen Coffey brought out in his June 20 letter to the editor. He is, however, marginally ill. He has for years walked our streets. He sometimes acts unusual, but most have never seen aggression of any sort from him. He is in the category of folks who should/could continue treatment for probably their entire life. These folks feel a frustration and experience mood changes just like the rest of us. I feel their frustration sometimes overwhelms them, and their depression deepens.

Folks with depression do indeed become lax with medication maintenance, and this is why they should be monitored by family - or someone. I suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, from the Vietnam era. I have been fortunate enough to always have had love and support from friends and family, who also help me to keep on schedule with meds.

Pepper has suffered years before the Republicans came into control. It is a social and political problem, but to hold the elected officials accountable is unfair. The issues in today's world are staggering, and our elected feel a frustration, too. Both parties have huge burdens and responsibilities before them. There are many good elected officials on both sides of the aisle. They have so many issues that this local incident with Pepper comes to a head only when others like him snap.

During my senior year at Sam Houston State University, I was able to work nights at T.D.C. Ferguson Unit, located 18 miles north of Huntsville. This unit housed young adult offenders. The young men were mostly first-time offenders and segregated from older, hardened criminals. Even then, many suffered mental health issues, and my thoughts often return to wondering what ever happened to these young men and their health issues.

Don Cook, Port Lavaca


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