- Fatal-shooting victim ID'd; uncle said he tried to break up fight (9/29/16)28
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)11
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)6
The Cape Girardeau City Council's rejection last week of a rezoning request for an apartment complex for recovering mental patients reflected the will of neighboring property owners. It also reflected the misunderstandings and misconceptions too many of us have about mental health and its hard-to-erase stigmas.
Executive director John Hudak of the Community Counseling Center, which was seeking the zoning change, said neighbors' attitudes and council vote showed that myths about the mentally ill continue to prevail.
As the counseling center pursues housing for recovering patients, it should consider an education program first. Along the way, all of us could benefit from more information about efforts of the mentally ill to live lives most of us take for granted.