As the person quoted in the front page article on Tuesday (‘Mind Shift’, The Border Mail, January 8), I am very disappointed in the secondary headline referring to some people with a mental illness as being ‘wild criminals’. I would never refer to people with mental illness this way.
There are many reasons why a person with a mental illness might become aggressive or have a violent background which may include substance abuse, psychotic episodes and sometimes out of frustration because they feel no one is listening to them or acknowledging how they really feel.
Thank you for printing my comments but please I ask that a little more care is taken, in the future, with headlines.
I have seen how The Border Mail, over the last 20 years, has embraced the plight of people with mental illness and I have in fact been involved in other articles and stories.
I just feel on this occasion you may have missed the mark.
I look forward to, and thank you for, your continued support in breaking down the stigma associated with mental illness and the plight of those unfortunate enough to experience mental ill health in our community.
Fred Ford, Wodonga
Thank you: After all these years, I feel at peace
I sincerely wish to thank the Albury City Council for their generous grant of land at the northern end of the Pioneer Cemetery for the memorial to the early pioneers of Albury and district.
Many of our early settlers were buried at 'Sandhills', Albury's first cemetery. Due to flooding and removal of sand for roads and brick works, the cemetery was closed.
In the early 1860s the David Street cemetery now known as Pioneer Cemetery opened.
Remains were removed from 'Sandhills' and buried in a common grave at the new David Street cemetery. These lost souls of 'Sandhills' have no cross nor stone to mark their last resting place.
For years it has concerned me. My great-great-grandmother, Isabell Petts and child, along with all the other early pioneers have been forgotten.
I am so very grateful to our Council, Mr John Vogel and the council staff for erecting an impressive memorial for our pioneers, a lasting tribute to the pioneers who laid the foundation to our beautiful city, home to many generations of my family and no doubt others.
Where the memorial is placed, the setting is peaceful. I also feel at peace.
I hope it brings peace to the 'lost souls of Sandhills'.
Dawn Craig, Lavington
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