A Heapin' Plate of Conservative Politics & Religion

By Tom Quiner

Jimmy threatened to hurt his mom.

He was the son of a family friend. I changed the name, even though Jimmy and his folks are long gone.

I don’t know what his condition was, other than he was mentally ill. When he was an adult, his parents were forced to turn him away out of personal safety for the mom. He had threatened her. For the record, Jimmy’s mom was a wonderful woman.

It tore her up to boot him out of the house.

She and her husband didn’t know what else to do. There was no place for Jimmy. Back in the 50s and 60s, the ACLU forced changes in our mental health laws which released people from mental institutions who had been involuntarily committed. Many of those “freed” from these institutions ended up as members of the growing homeless class. Many ended up in our…

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