More psychiatric services needed
Thank you for the recent comments from medical student Patrick Crowley, highlighting the great need for additional psychiatric services for our medically indigent population in Tarrant County. His experience during his psychiatric rotation clarifies the need for increased capacity for these and other services.
Another large underserved group is the approximately 100,000 Tarrant County residents who qualify for JPS health care. They are currently denied clinic and hospital services, aside from those provided in the emergency room, because they cannot document that they are legal residents of the county. This exclusion is illegal under Texas law.
The lack of services available to our residents who need psychiatric care as well as the exclusion of this second population is especially regrettable when available funding this year increased by $30 million. Failure to provide the vitally needed services causes heartache for many, many thousands of our neighbors and even death for some.
It also affects the quality of our public school classrooms. Last May, the Fort Worth ISD b requested JPS to revisit its eligibility requirements for indigent care. So far, there has been no response.
Ann Sutherland, first vice president,
Fort Worth ISD
Ex-Cowboy receiver’s luck has changed
Lucky Whitehead was released from the Cowboys training camp when a mistaken report came out about him facing a shoplifting charge. The media mentioned that he had a $500,000 contract and “blew” it. Almost as an afterthought they added that he denied it happened and that it was not even him. You could almost see their eyes rolling and saying, “Yeah, right!”
I was shocked, appalled, and frankly a little mad. Here is a very talented man who once again did not appreciate what he had and wasted a great career opportunity for a momentary thrill.
Guess what? Lucky was telling the truth! It was someone using his identity who had been arrested. What a ridiculous scenario all the way around.
Ask yourself: How could a reputable police department make such a stupid mistake?. Why would the Cowboys release him without getting all the facts first? Why did the media jump to the guilty verdict automatically? And why did I allow myself to be swayed before the facts were in?
Lucky, I am sorry that you went through this. Success to you.
Daniel Skognes, Grapevine
Voter suppression alleged
President Donald Trump wants your voter information, and “Tarrant County appears to be OK” with that. It’s one of the most misleading headlines I’ve seen in the paper. We were blindsided! We have no voice. Trump and the Republicans just stampede ahead with ideas for voter suppression and attacks on citizen privacy.
Pat Gentry, Arlington
Reject ‘bathroom bill’
Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick should know better than wasting valuable time and money on the so-called “bathroom bill!” Listen to the voice of the people and say no to SB3!
Rich Gaca, Keller