<b>Talking mental health</b>
EDITOR: Thank you for publishing Cynthia Tuttelman's Close to Home column ("Let's talk about mental illness," Aug. 4). It seems as if mental illness isn't openly discussed unless a crime has been committed and the public is reeling from shock.
One reason the ill (and their families) are still stigmatized — even after years of progress in education and treatment — is that mental illness remains so mysterious, so frightening. It's often easier to view people suffering these disorders as monsters or freaks that belong in the shadows.
Yet any of us could be touched by mental illness — either directly or indirectly — at anytime. My mom was schizophrenic, and I grew up watching her go through periods of extremely high function as a civil engineer and lows where she quite literally lost everything. Witnessing her courageous struggle, I learned not only the meaning of bravery but also the strength of her desire to be a contributing member of society.
With the great strides made in studying the brain, we owe it to ourselves and one another to educate, discuss, facilitate recovery wherever possible and to welcome these folks into society in safe, supportive ways.
<b>An Evans fan</b>
EDITOR: In your Saturday article reporting that state Sen. Noreen Evans may not seek election to another term in 2014, you defined the 2nd state Senate District as "a huge swath of the North Coast from Marin to Humboldt County." While this is true today, due to redistricting it will not be the same for the 2014 election.
Fortunately for some of us in the north end of the state, the new district includes Trinity and Del Norte counties.
Evans has served the people of her district well, and I am sorry that she decided to not seek re-election. The redistricting gives those of us in Trinity County the opportunity to be served in the Senate by someone who actually cares about the people more than they do about corporate handouts.
Chairman, Trinity County Democratic Central Committee
<b>A pool for Windsor</b>
EDITOR: In a recent article, I was alerted that the Lytton tribe wishes to build a community pool in Windsor ("Windsor weighs water, sewer service for tribe," Saturday). As a community member, and a long-time member of swimming teams, namely the Neptunes and the Windsor High School swim team, I could not be happier to hear this news.
Swimming is one of Windsor High's most awarded sports and produces some of the school's best athletes. However, without a community pool, the team and community lose a lot of its potential.
Without a community pool, students are forced to drive to Healdsburg High. Commuting every day to another town to practice puts an enormous amount of strain on the team. For me, as a full-time student doing sports and extracurricular activities, paying for gas to go to practice became almost too much. I have seen many of my peers and fellow athletes prevented from attending practice simply because they could not to afford to drive there.
Both my peers and I feel that a pool in Windsor would benefit the local competitive swimming community immensely as well as the community as a whole.