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Monday, December 3, 2018

I have been wanting to write this letter for some time. Just about every doctor in rural America that I have known practices psychiatry to some extent with their patients every day.

Unfortunately the only way to determine with any certainty that a patient is truly psychotic and therefore a danger to themselves or someone else is to observe the patient very closely over a period of time. The problem is that doctors cannot put every patient we only suspect to be psychotic in the hospital because its too expensive and the patients wouldn’t put up with it.

So the idea of taking guns away from all mentally ill patients is a pie in the sky.

However in small town America where I practiced medicine for 55 years, doctors, the sheriff and the clergy worked hand in hand keeping an eye on everyone and figuring out ways to prevent people form going ballistic and murdering their neighbors.

In big cities where I studied medicine and surgery and practiced as well, things are a lot different. In general most cities are run by Democrats that have a much different outlook on life compared to Republicans found mostly in rural areas that believe first and foremost in family, faith and country. Democrats in just about all cities where I have resided, including Greenville, are completely bonded to politics and the Democratic party.

I believe this dichotomy is why we are experiencing so much hatred and violence in our country today.

I sincerely hope the young people do in fact take over the Democratic party and not only give us single-payer, not-for-profit health care and little or no college tuition, but also realize the importance of faith and family, which has its roots going back thousands of years and is the backbone of peace and tranquility everywhere.

Robert Piat

Winterville

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