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Letter of the Month winner: Tommy J. Rutledge of Guthrie

BY YOUR NAME Staff Writer Published: April 8, 2012

Most of us know of someone affected by alcohol or drug abuse, or by mental illness. Many mentally ill people in our state are in prison today because we don't seem to care enough to adequately fund facilities and personnel to treat people who were unfortunate enough to be afflicted with something over which they have no control.

Regarding addiction, some will argue that the situation is about life choices. There's certainly merit to this thinking; nonetheless, the afflicted are among us and they need help. If we don't change our thinking and divert much-needed resources to this problem in Oklahoma, the next large buildings we'll construct will be prisons.