Date: October 30th, 2013
To: Terry Russell, Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of the State of Ohio (NAMI Ohio) —
As a professional courtesy, I am forwarding to you for a second time, the email I originally sent to you on October 25th, 2013 (first attachment), as it relates to your support behind S.B.43, the proposed legislation pending in the Ohio Senate Civil Justice Committee which threatens grave danger to our mentally ill population. As you can see in the two emails immediately below, your assistant, Ms. Johnson, apparently did not understand that I had previously read through, analyzed and deconstructed your testimony, both from a legal standpoint as well as a humanitarian perspective.
I would greatly appreciate if you would personally provide to me by Friday morning (November 1st, 2013), a specific timeframe within which you intend to respond to each of the questions posed in the attached “Ohio S.B.43 Questionnaire”, which I specifically prepared for your review. Responding to same will provide you the opportunity to illustrate for our mentally ill population, our mental health advocacy community, and our state senate and house legislators, in detail, exactly how it was that you’d strung together the pieces and parts of our sociological puzzle at stake here, in order to formulate the conclusions which have led you to vehemently support S.B.43’s grossly inhumane strictures.
As a personal courtesy, I would like to help you understand that I do not intend to slink back into the dark abyss of abuse and oppression from which I now seek to help my fellow sufferers rise above. It would serve you well to keep that in mind, as we pick my cause here up off the ground and begin to move forward in a fashion that will actually, ensure for my constituents their opportunity to cultivate self-autonomy, self-confidence and self-respect.
In addition, I suggest that you take the time to listen to a record by name of “The Heist”, independently produced, recorded and released on October 9th, 2012 by American rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis. If you can open your mind to hear the meaning within, I think it will help you to better understand the sociological issues with which our American youth grapple today, alone and in darkness, without the support of which they are deserving. You can of course purchase the album on iTunes, or sign up for a Spotify account through a Facebook account, and listen to it on Spotify for free.
Lastly, while you are at it, I highly recommend that you take a close listen to “7” as well, a song by Prince and The New Power Generation from the 1992 “Love Symbol Album”. The lyrics will help you to better understand where it is that I come from, and our upcoming procedure as it relates to same.
In closing, as a reminder, please be sure to let me know by Friday morning (11/1/2013) your time-table for response.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.
Very Truly Yours,
Marissa K. Varcho
Attorney at Law