Narrow mindedness, a community malaise that is obviously evident in Templeton, was clearly represented by Peschong (Viewpoint, June 28).
All of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and grandchildren with mental illnesses — reportedly one in four Americans — live in a county with no licensed facility.
Templeton, a distinctly well-suited medical location, doesn’t want to endorse construction of this facility.
Currently, patients are referred from the San Luis Obispo County mental health facility to receive treatment in Santa Barbara, Ventura or Los Angeles for depression, bipolar disorder, Alzheimers and the myriad mental health issues.
Templetonians supposedly are more concerned about public safety than supporting a much needed treatment facility, even though the Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol have a significant presence.
People suffering from mental illness do not harm others; they only hurt themselves without proper treatment and compassion.
No one in Atascadero, with Atascadero State Hospital present, has been harmed by the criminally insane patients.
We still have a close-knit and safe community with children walking to school.
The stigma and prejudice for the mentally ill remains.
Compassion is required; time to leave the Dark Ages.