The worst thing about mental illness is that the treatment regimen required will be hard, expensive, and will last a lifetime. Sometimes you will relapse, but that in itself is a part of treatment. You probably will need to adjust your treatment regimen and keep on trucking!

Above all, Taylor, you are not a coward (or a p—y, as you put it)! You have the guts to seek out the help you require. Your scapegoating of Big Pharma for the little pills that sent you on your journey needs to be chucked into the San Diego Bay, but Prozac and cognitive therapy are the keystones on your journey down the road to recovery.

I wish you well, Taylor, on this journey, for it will be one that will last you the rest of your life (or until a definitive therapy that provides a true cure is found). And as for being normal? Your reality changes forever when a mental illness locks onto you and gets you.

Therapy, lifestyle changes, as-needed medications, keeping your appointments — this is part of your reality now. The alternative, however, isn’t a return to what you knew but a self-guided one-way trip into the afterlife.

On the whole, I’d rather live with what I have than to one day wake up and find out I’m no longer among the living. It’s going to be a tough way to live, Taylor, but I’ve lived over 30 years with my illness. If I can do it, you can do so as well!

  • Robert K. Johnston
  • Vista

The Bit ADA Goldmine

Mr. Bauder’s article (“The Plaintiff Knew Nothing,” “City Lights,” December 31) doesn’t go far enough. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a poorly written law that has been a gold mine for attorneys like Hubbard. Even my family has been hit with these types of lawsuits.

The ADA law should be rewritten to forbid filing a lawsuit unless and until the business owner has first been contacted and given ample time to fix any access issues. A lawsuit should only be allowed to be filed if the owner is completely uncooperative. That would be very rare. Every reasonable businessperson wants to avoid lawsuits and make his/her business available to the most potential customers possible. But the way it is now, owners only find out about violations when they get served papers.

In my family’s case, we had a building that was completely ADA compliant when it was built. We made sure of that. But then, a few years later, the requirements changed and we didn’t know about it. Normally, existing structures are grandfathered in. But not in the case of the ADA, apparently, because we got sued for not complying with the new rules that no one ever told us about. We basically had to pay off the suing attorney. The so-called plaintiff didn’t get anything because he’d never actually visited our business.

Lawyers like Hubbard and Pennock are always saying they’re protecting the rights of the disabled. That’s a crock. They’re only lining their own pockets by using the ADA to get money from defendants. They could do a lot more for the disabled if they were working with the businesses by informing and educating them before suing them, but that would mean they couldn’t make money for themselves.

  • Name Withheld by Request
  • via email

Eye-Opener

Thank you for “Nonprofits Nonplussed” (Feature Story, December 31). Thomas Larson’s sobering portrait of the impact of the recession on local nonprofits, the poor, and the newly poor should serve to open the eyes of those who might marginalize such services — and those who depend on them — in this era of crisis. Frankly, this deserved to be the cover article, not Taylor Restaino’s self-centered, tiresome “The Little Pills That Sent Me on My Journey”…into the obvious.

  • Mike Grunwald
  • via email

The Dumbest Development

Regarding the “City Lights” story “The Logic of a Landslide” on December 24. You guys nailed it on the head when you wrote, “Mount Soledad has been for centuries an unstable geological formation.” That piece of land should never have been developed in the first place. It is truly unstable. I’ve worked in architecture and geology for 12 years, and there’s no reason that there should ever have been anything built on that piece of land.

  • Scott Weselis
  • San Diego

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