Mentally ill at risk

Regarding the letter from the executive director of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association (“Blow to death penalty,” May 5), the writer asserts that mentally ill people are protected from execution by being not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI). NGRI is a plea that must be asserted by the accused; it is not automatically applied. Sometimes a person's mental illness itself keeps them from choosing that plea even when they would be eligible for it. They can be found guilty as might anyone else, and for a death penalty offense, can be executed.

So, it is entirely possible for a severely mentally ill person to be executed in Ohio — there is nothing that would reliably prevent that under Ohio law. As a psychiatric nurse for over four decades, I believe this needs to change.

Mentally ill people may commit a crime (even when they know on some level that their act is against the law) because of the very nature of their mental illness. For example, the criminal act may be in response to a voice they hear that commands them, or because of a delusion they experience that causes them to believe another person will hurt them. Mental illness is difficult for many to understand, but it is real, and it is inhumane to execute those whose behavior resulted directly and purely from mental illness.

Ed Herzog, Sagamore Hills

 

Selfish system

The May 2 article “Budget office: Caveats to Medicare-for-All system” is revealing. Its clear implication is that the “congressional budget experts” think it's a problem that the lucky insured may experience extended wait times if the 29 million people with compromised access to health care are allowed to burden the health-care industry with their needs. Huh?

Seems to me if increased demand for care puts pressure on supply, your problem is with supply. If you think it's with demand, you suggest those 29 million uninsured people don't matter.

The article shows the politicians for what they are — callous and supremely selfish. The rich for the rich and damn the rest of us. If complexity in our health care system wastes billions of dollars, getting rid of it would more than pay for sharing your privileges, you idiots. As for “wait times,” that argument has been debunked so many times it's apparent that it's fruitless to point out the facts once again. Politicians aren't interested in facts anyway.

What a pathetic culture I live in as an American. Let the uninsured eat dirt while the rich politicians quibble. My fellow man? To hell with him — he uses up too many of “my” resources.

Tricia Hammann, Akron

 

Growing with Trump

• 3.6% unemployment, a 50-year low.

• 263,000 jobs added in April.

• 3.2% rise in gross domestic product.

• Deregulation bringing thousands of jobs back into our country.

Great job. Promises made, promises kept.

Rose Bartholomew, Medina

 

Fools in Washington

Isn't it time to put the 2016 election behind us and start doing what you were sent to Washington to do? You people are not working for the people who elected you because you are too busy fighting among yourselves. The time has come to say “work for us or get out.” Those who think Congress is not doing what they want them to do should just vote against all incumbents next election.

Gerald C. Wise Sr., Norton