The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

January 18, 2013

Our View: Mind over matter

President Barack Obama’s proposals to increase access to mental health services and start a dialogue as part of the effort against gun violence should be embraced by this nation, no matter how it feels about mandates pertaining to gun control.

The overall issue of violence in America is far more complex than simply the control of firearms. At a minimum, there should be an expectation of effective care for the mentally ill.

No, that will not put an end to violence. But it sounds like a good first step to improve mental health care, thus helping to control violence in America.

Obama’s measures announced Wednesday include training teachers to recognize students who need help and refer them to mental health services.

It also calls for the completion of regulations that define what mental health coverage must be included by insurance plans.

Obama also said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan will develop and lead a national conversation about mental health.

We are now seeing local school, university and law enforcement authorities beginning some of those discussions as well.

Wayne Lindstrom, president and chief executive officer of Mental Health America, in a written statement to a Bloomberg reporter, said: “His (Obama’s) call for a national dialogue on mental health is critical to changing the conversation surrounding mental health, improving understanding and eliminating stigma. The actions he announced today represent the beginning of a sea of change in the way we look at mental health in this country.”

Fixing a broken mental health system should be our first step to stemming gun violence.

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Our View: Vote no on Amendment 1

    Proponents of Amendment 1 — the Right to Farm Act — have not made their case. We’ve met with advocates of this amendment to the Missouri constitution and listened to their arguments, but we don’t believe they have adequately answered the central question: Who is it protecting, and from what?

    July 13, 2014

  • Our View.jpg Our View: That's 'b,' as in bloated

    You can spin this two ways. Only about 2.5 percent of the money the federal government spends each year is spent on improper payments, such as overpayments to people receiving government benefits or tax credits for people who don’t qualify.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Other Views Other Views: Time for special inquiry

    Testifying at a House committee hearing recently, Internal Revenue Services Commissioner John Koskinen did nothing to enlighten Congress or the public about a year-old scandal about whether his agency improperly targeted conservative groups.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Your View: Roundabout education

    With an influx of new roundabouts in Joplin, someone needs to promote education on how to drive through one. For instance, what yield means, stay in your lane, slow down, etc.

    July 10, 2014

  • Your View: How tragic

    “Governor vetoes 72-hour wait” was the headline on the front page of the July 3 Globe.

    July 10, 2014

  • Geoff Caldwell, columnist: It's like stepping into the Twilight Zone

    U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., was visiting the Fort Sill military complex in his home state and decided to visit the illegal immigrant processing center the federal government had recently opened on base.

    July 9, 2014

  • Our View.jpg Our View: Restore the hall

    To borrow a phrase from a Home Depot commercial: “Let’s start doing.”

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Your View: Who’s to blame?

    Not long ago, Mercy cut area jobs because our Republican legislators have refused Medicaid expansion.

    July 8, 2014

  • Your View: Access to health care

    On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against an Affordable Care Act requirement that employers cover certain contraceptive products at no extra charge, as part of preventive benefits in employee health insurance plans.

    July 8, 2014

  • Our View.jpg Our View: Who’s calling the shots?

    If Missouri Farmers Care really does care about the “Right to Farm” amendment on the Aug. 5 ballot, it sure has an odd way of showing it.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

Local News
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Poll

New Kansas teaching license regulations would allow some individuals who have ample expertise but do not have education degrees to become secondary school teachers. Do you agree or disagree with that change?

Agree
Disagree
     View Results
Facebook
NDN Video
Joy Fills Streets of Cleveland As LeBron Returns Proposed Bill to Regulate NY Costumed Characters WH: LeBron's Move a 'Powerful Statement' Ana Ortiz on 'Devious Maids' Finale CDC Addresses Lab Safety Problems Texas Shooting Suspect Collapses in Court Death Toll Tops 100 As Israel Offense Continues LeBron James Says He's Returning to Cavaliers Man Flees Police in World Cup Scalping Scheme Robot Writes Jewish Torah Scroll Raw: Israel, Gaza Exchange Rocket Fire More Immigrants Detained Along Rio Grande World Cup Final Pits Argentina Against Germany Police: Prostitute Linked to 2nd Death Thousands Attend NYC Firefighter's Funeral Art of Haitian Machete Fighting Revived Raw: Australia Hosts Annual Beer Can Regatta Mass. Mayor: Families Lost Everything in Fire Fans Dying to Be Near Jazz Greats Robots Gearing Up for Their Own 'World Cup'
Sports