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  • dixiechick Dec 3, 12:11 p.m.

    I always thought I lived in one of the most progressive areas around where people cared about people. Have you ever thought about what your life would be like if your brain didn't work? Would you be able to live on your own or make a living. Mental illnesses are brain diseases that cause people to have problems with their thinking and behavior. Most can get help and will accept help. With others, part of the illness is not knowing they are ill. So they won't take medicine or take care of themselves unless they are in supervised living homes, i.e. group homes. Mental illness can happen to anyone. it is not about bad parenting or bad character. Think about it. What could be worse than having no control over your actions because of a brain disease.

    Please think about how devastating these diseases are for the person and their families. Insurance doesn't cover the services that are needed. The illnesses leave families destitute and hopeless.

  • catgirl Dec 2, 12:37 a.m.

    'Frankly, no political party has ever done much for those in the lowest economic rungs of the U.S. ladder and for the disabled. No one wants group homes in their neighborhoods. When deinstitutionalization was taking place, I didn't hear anyone ask "just where in their communities will these patients go?" Not a single group should get on their "high horse" regarding their treatment of the disenfranchised. This "I'm better than you" talk is disgusting.''

    Uh..Didn't the Dems just pick up a group of inmates from a group home and "help" them vote in the last election? Their family members said they didn't even KNOW an election was going on, but the good hearted Dems wanted to make sure they voted. The Dems don't let anyone not vote, as long as they vote for THEM...

  • jjlbur Nov 30, 3:04 p.m.

    I SEE A LOT OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE GROUP HOMES, IF THE FOLKS ON WELFARE HAD TO GO THROUGH AUDITS AND PERMITS TO HAVE A HOME, YOU WOULD SEE ABOUT HALF NOT GET ANY HELP, AND THERE ARE PLENTY OF ILL PEOPLE STILL AT HOME, BUT WHERE WILL THEY GO WHEN THE PARENTS DIE? THE GOV. HAS TO STEP IN. WOULD YOU WANT A FAMILY MEMBER THAT NEEDS 24 HR CARE LIVING WITH YOU?

  • WooHoo2You Nov 30, 2:40 p.m.

    Some of the mentally ill could be cared for by family members.-Danny22

    I bet *some* could be…but the rest?

  • Reformed Liberal Nov 30, 2:39 p.m.

    Who cares if 85 year old grandma who can't walk is forced to live on the streets? I know I do. You don't want to help seniors and mentally ill? Fine. But I bet you won't go to a nursing or group home to tell it to them face to face.

  • Danny22 Nov 30, 2:14 p.m.

    Some of the mentally ill could be cared for by family members.

  • WooHoo2You Nov 30, 1:50 p.m.

    It is Democrats that do not care. They never have and they never will. If they did, they would support policies that helps get people out of poverty instead of doing everything possible to keep them there and wherever they can add to the numbers-whatelseisnew

    What “policies” has the GOP come up with to get MENTALLY and PHYSICALLY DISABLED people “out of poverty?” Do they have some magic healing machine they have been hiding from the masses?

    Lord….

  • storchheim Nov 30, 1:23 p.m.

    What is it going to take for DHHS to pin this down? Time for another housecleaning, and don't stop at upper and middle management.

  • storchheim Nov 30, 1:18 p.m.

    "REPUBLICANS don't care about poor disabled people. Never have, never will."

    It is Democrats that do not care. They never have and they never will. If they did, they would support policies that helps get people out of poverty instead of doing everything possible to keep them there and wherever they can add to the numbers. " whatelse

    True. What do you think generations - at least 3 - of people living in idleness, ignorance, and without benefit of good nutrition or basic skills needed to run a household (meaning how to balance a checkbook, what insurance is and is not for, how to budget, comparison shopping) will do to Hom(er) sapiens? We're not meant to live like that. I believe this lowers IQ over time, but I'm sure it destroys ambition, curiosity and JOY.

  • durhamhokie Nov 30, 1:17 p.m.

    @ndadszucs haha It's a Trap!! Thanks Admiral Ackbar!

  • Scubagirl Nov 30, 1:12 p.m.

    2thec is on to something. Every single time a new group home has tried to open they have fought tooth and nail because everyone always says 'not in MY neighborhood'. and then the fear mongering starts.

  • pchuck88 Nov 30, 12:40 p.m.

    group homes are very expensive for taxpayers

  • LovemyPirates Nov 30, 12:33 p.m.

    Frankly, no political party has ever done much for those in the lowest economic rungs of the U.S. ladder and for the disabled. No one wants group homes in their neighborhoods. When deinstitutionalization was taking place, I didn't hear anyone ask "just where in their communities will these patients go?" Not a single group should get on their "high horse" regarding their treatment of the disenfranchised. This "I'm better than you" talk is disgusting.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 30, 12:19 p.m.

    "REPUBLICANS don't care about poor disabled people. Never have, never will."

    It is Democrats that do not care. They never have and they never will. If they did, they would support policies that helps get people out of poverty instead of doing everything possible to keep them there and wherever they can add to the numbers. They view it as cheap votes. They get to use other people's money to buy votes and that is the only goal they have or will ever have. Perdue could EASILY just tell the legislature that the twenty million she stole, will be put back.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 30, 12:16 p.m.

    "Anyone want to bet there won't be a special bill banning transfer of Dorothea Dix property introduced as well?"

    I certainly hope so. that property should be assessed at a true market value. Once that is established, then anyone that wants to buy all or some of it, can make an offer of purchase.

    The Group homes. This is easy. Take back the 20 million that Perdue recently stole from that department and commit it to this need. Unlike the baby sitting no which Perdue wants to waste this money, these are people that ACTUALLY DO need help. If Perdue balks, then she should contact all those GOOD lefties out there, and tell them they need to show compassion and provide a place to live for these people. She should provide room for a couple of folks just to set a good example of a leftie actually DOING something.

  • geosol Nov 30, 12:14 p.m.

    Don't fall for it!!! It's Tillis, he can't be trusted. Remember the fracking debacle? This smells just as bad. REPUBLICANS don't care about poor disabled people. Never have, never will. Follow the money, good people.

  • Bellar1 Nov 30, 12:08 p.m.

    Anyone want to bet there won't be a special bill banning transfer of Dorothea Dix property introduced as well?

  • ndadszucs Nov 30, 11:58 a.m.

    It's a trap!

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