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'You Shall Know The Truth, And The Truth Shall Make You Free' Times-Union To publish and disseminate the news of the day ac- curately, without bias, neither with favor nor with fear of recrimination. To comment editorially on the issues and events of the day that the editors believe to be of vital importance to the reader. To maintain a public forum whereby others may voice their opinions - thus preserving the public's right of expression. To maintain continuous surveillance of the peoples' government that no other institution is designed to do - simultaneously serving as a conduit by which public of- fice holders may maintain communications with the public they serve. To both foster and encourage commerce, and to support all community programs that are designed for progress and betterment of the welfare of community life. - Reub Williams 1910-1987 Mental Health Reform efforts deserve support The U.S. federal government spends about $5.7 billion annu- ally to help people with serious mental illness, according to a re- cent investigation by the U.S. Government Accountability Of- fice. What does all that money buy? It pays for 112 distinct programs spread across eight federal agen- cies. But more than half of the programs specially targeting seri- ous mental illness don't even evaluate their effectiveness, ac- cording to the GAO. In that cacophony of bureau- cratic dysfunction, an estimated 40 percent of people with serious mental illness don't even get care. And when many do ultimately get some level of treatment, it is pro- vided in prison. Congress can change that _ and change it this year. There is growing momentum behind a landmark mental health reform bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., the only practic- ing psychologist in Congress. Murphy has the support of a key committee chairman, and 118 co- sponsors on his bill. Murphy notes that the nation's annual deaths to suicide (about 41,000) and drug overdose (about 44,000) equal all combat deaths in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq combined. "You have to ask, what are we doing wrong here?" Murphy said. These are not new facts. Con- gress has failed to respond to the need for mental health reform, again and again, as it became tied to gun-control proposals. The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act separates the two and refocuses fractured fed- eral resources on treating serious mental illness. It would end an antiquated Medicaid rule that banned funding for psychiatric hospitals larger than 16 beds. It gives families more tools to be in- volved in the care of a suffering loved one. It encourages telemedi- cine to improve psychiatric care in rural areas, where psychia- trists are scarce, and pays for mental health training for police officers. Murphy said the only way this complex, and likely expensive, piece of legislation will pass Con- gress is with a push from families familiar with the dysfunction of the current system. Members of Congress don't have public email addresses, but do have online contact forms found at 1.usa.gov/1e8pAws. Give this proposal a push. Tribune News Service WASHINGTON - Sometimes what seems the least consequential detail tells the most about a person's character - or at least his or her intentions. Such was the case at the end of Wednes- day's debate, the second for the GOP field of presidential candidates, with the "light" and irrelevant question of which woman's face they'd like to see on the $10 bill. In case you're one of those people who couldn't care less whose face is on paper money or any other legal tender (my hand is raised), the query probably was a cue to find the remote. Why not ask what kind of dog they'd like to be? Come to think of it, that would be informative. (Suggestions @kath- leenparker.) But light notes are nearly required as epi- logues to insult matches, otherwise fantasti- cally referred to as "debates." Anyone amusing himself with the notion that CNN's extraordinary ratings (an average of 23 mil- lion over three hours) reflect the nation's fas- cination with substantive discourse on foreign policy ignores history. Hint: the Colosseum. If all eyes were on Donald Trump during the first debate, they were riveted on Carly Fiorina this time, not least because of what many hoped might transpire between these two as they faced off in the wake of Trump's despicable insult in a Rolling Stone interview about Fiorina's looks. "Look at that face!" he said. "Would any- one vote for that?" Viewers were denied a bloodletting but were richly rewarded if they prefer a cutting comment to a knife fight. To the inevitable question about Trump's affront, Fiorina replied: "I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said." Brava. Economy of words is one of Fiorina's strengths, and she was equally concise on the money question. Pandering to no one, she said she wouldn't put any woman on the bill. "I don't think it helps to change our his- tory," she said. "We ought to recognize that women are not a special interest group." Despite the relative insignificance of the changing faces on our currency - by the way, who knew $20-bill poster boy Andrew Jackson pioneered the hairstyle popularized by Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter? - the can- didates' answers were revealing. It would have been simpler if moderator Jake Tapper had just asked, "To whom would you wish to pander this evening?" but the 10-dollar question seemed more fun. Alas, some candidates weren't playful and eliminated themselves from considera- tion for the title of "Worst Panderer." These were Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee and Don- ald Trump, all of whom named a family member. Sweet but unsporting and lacking in imagination. Trump did amend his choice by second- ing Rosa Parks, whom Marco Rubio had picked as "an everyday American that changed the course of history." Even though Parks is certainly a legitimate choice, it isn't entirely cynical to infer that Rubio and Trump need some cred among African- American voters. Libertarian Rand Paul, who has a hard time convincing people that he's on board with social issues, picked suffragette Susan B. Anthony, who is a popular symbol for the pro-life movement. Check. Jeb Bush chose Margaret Thatcher be- cause Ronald Reagan is a man - and Thatcher is as close as you can get to Rea- gan. Acknowledging that putting her on the $10 bill was "probably illegal, but what the heck," a Republican candidate can never over-associate himself with Reagan. Chris Christie, perhaps burnishing his intellectual bona fides, suggested the tough and brilliant Abigail Adams, the nation's second first lady. Also, Golda Meir was off- limits. Ted Cruz, ever the maverick and edging out the rest of the pack, said he'd leave Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill and re- place Andrew Jackson with Parks. Read: Black woman unseats the seventh presi- dent, who owned hundreds of slaves. Got it. Saving the best, which is to say the worst, for last, we come to John Kasich, who probably figured you can't ever lose by bringing up Mother Teresa. Except, sir, for this time. Who ever would think of putting the face of this woman, whose singular pur- pose was helping the poorest with the cur- rency of God's grace, on a $10 bill? Perhaps only a man who thinks he has been chosen by God, as Kasich has expressed in so many words, and who routinely bullies his opposi- tion by suggesting that they're not Christian enough. If Kasich was angling for a photo op with the pope or a handle on the Catholic vote, he badly missed the mark. See? Following the money really does get you where you need to go. DOONESBURY CLASSICS By Garry Trudeau Money Quotes From GOP Contenders It wasn't difficult for pundits to spin in- stant explanations for why "outsider" can- didates such as Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Bernie Sanders have been surging in recent polls. Opinion surveys have long shown that American voters are unhappy about the state of the nation, frustrated with politics as usual and skep- tical that conventional politicians can fix the problem. Lately, however, voters seem to have reached the "I can't take it any- more" stage. An ABC News-Washington Post poll last week found that 64 percent of voters think the political system is "basically dysfunc- tional," and 72 percent think most people in politics "cannot be trusted." Those senti- ments are bipartisan; Democrats and Re- publicans answered roughly the same way. Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart found the same bipartisan discontent when he interviewed voters in Colorado earlier this year. He was struck, he said, by "how much Americans hate the government and hate Congress particularly." Voters fear that their children will have fewer economic opportunities than their parents, Hart said, and they don't see any- one in Washington fixing that problem. "Anger appears much closer to the surface than in the past," he said. Their anger isn't irrational. Voters are reacting to the failure of both parties to de- liver on their promises of better times. In earlier election campaigns, candi- dates could appeal to voters by offering a new politics that would bridge bipartisan differences. Barack Obama promised a post-partisan America in 2008, but it did- n't happen. George W. Bush made a simi- lar pitch in 2000, but he couldn't deliver either. Voters are sadder but wiser now. They can see that the partisan gulf in American politics is virtually impossible for any pres- ident to paper over. If Democrats and Re- publicans can agree on anything, it's that we're in a post-post-partisan phase. Focusing on voter dissatisfaction, though, can make the rebellions happen- ing in both parties seem more similar than they really are. When Republicans and De- mocrats say they hate Washington and yearn for radical change, it turns out they mean different things. Many insurgent conservatives want to throw all the bums out, on both sides. Liberals mostly just want to throw the conservatives out. In the Washington Post poll, 58 percent of Republican voters said they'd prefer a true outsider as their presidential candi- date, not a politician with established ex- perience. Not surprisingly, that's about the same percentage who said their top choices were Trump or Carson, neither of whom has served in public office. Among Democrats, the response was the opposite: Only 24 percent said they wanted an outsider, and 73 percent said they'd prefer someone with existing politi- cal experience. That majority included most of the 63 percent who said Hillary Rodham Clinton or Vice President Joe Biden was their favorite. And of course the Democrats' "outsider" choice isn't really an outsider at all, at least not in the Trumpian sense. Sanders may espouse a radical ideology by Ameri- can standards, but he has been in Con- gress since 1991. On the Democratic side, then, all the talk of revolution and insurgency is overblown. Democrats are having a pri- mary campaign that's actually quite tradi- tional; just as in past years, it pits a fiery candidate from the party's progressive wing against a more establishment figure. And Clinton has done what any establish- ment candidate would: She's told voters she shares their anger and has tried to di- lute Sanders' appeal by sidling leftward on economic policy. For Republican candidates who aren't named Trump, Carson or Carly Fiorina, the path ahead is less clear. After years of hard-won success in public office, they must now persuade rebellious voters to overlook their resumes and see them as in- surgents who can be every bit as disrup- tive as a President Trump would be. Jeb Bush as a rebel? That's going to be diffi- cult to pull off. Why The Rebel Candidates Are On The Rise MALLARD FILLMORE By Bruce Tinsley Doyle McManus Washington Post OPINION Monday, September 21, 2015 Warsaw, Indiana Times-Union 4A Kathleen Parker Washington Post

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