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Forum: Stay out of Syria

Updated: June 11, 2013 6:37AM



I think that our government should stay out of Syria. Helping rebels would just be helping America’s worst enemy, al-Qaida, which has been linked to some Free Syrian Army groups.

Our government and military has had enough to deal with for years in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even if we try to stop the civil war in Syria, the Syrians will find something else to go to war for.

Charle Kennedy

Chicago

Giving some credit

As a frequent critic of the SouthtownStar and other publications concerning liberal bias, I must give credit where credit is due. On the same day the Forum featured a letter titled “Black Community Shares Blame,” there was a guest column by a St. Xavier University professor who is Muslim regarding how immigrants need to respect the customs and culture of their new country.

The first is about too many babies being born out of wedlock, violence in the black community and blaming the government and police. The second concerns expecting this country to accept and embrace Muslim religious customs instead of Muslims conforming to our laws and customs.

These are fair topics that deserve the light of day for all to view and discuss. There is a good deal of credibility for all involved in such frankness, which unfortunately is not often seen or heard today for fear of being accused of being racist or not politically correct or worse, fear of retaliation.

Thomas V. Booth Jr.

Orland Park

No psychologist prescriptions

Quality health care in Illinois begins with well-trained medical professionals. Mental health care is no different — patients deserve respectful, accessible care from practitioners with the requisite education and experience to provide safe and effective care.

Yet the Illinois General Assembly is considering legislation that would short-cut the necessary training for psychologists, potentially putting patients with mental and emotional illness at great risk. Senate Bill 2187 also would allow psychologists to prescribe powerful psychotropic medications with only a fraction of the training that other medical professionals receive.

Psychotropic medications have potentially disabling, even deadly, side effects and must be prescribed and monitored with great care to keep patients safe.

Finally, mental and physical illnesses often present with similar symptoms. It is imperative that medical doctors have the knowledge and training to be able to distinguish and deal with these possibilities before prescribing medication.

In Illinois, close to 20 leading medical organizations oppose this bill. Legislation like SB 2187 has failed many times across the nation in recent years despite repeated efforts by psychologists to pass it. I urge members of the General Assembly not to compromise patient safety and reject
SB 2187.

Alonso Cardenas, M.D.

Third-year psychiatry resident

University of Illinois at Chicago



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