It is really good to read and learn about some of the accomplishments growing out of Act 79 — the Mental Health Reform Act — and the hard work as well as the many efforts done to bring about such after Tropical Storm Irene, both prior to enactment of the legislation as well as thereafter (Times Argus,June 22).
This begins to represent the building of a foundation as well as a legacy the citizens of Vermont and its political as well as other policy leaders can be well proud of for years to come; even while, obviously and reported on within the article, there still remains a lot of hard work, many tough challenges and urgent crises to face and deal with in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.
The difference however, to my way of thinking anyway, is that post-Irene there are many more people involved who have been pulling together as well as being willing and able to imagine what is possible (read: doable) and then continue to work real hard to help make it happen, versus what it was like before Irene hit.
For example, one of the other differences being the change of focus to a more positive outlook and way of doing things with greater and better expectations, versus the old negative focus and way of doing things with its rather low and far worse expectations, if there were indeed any expectations at all.
Working together for the better, the difference is being made.
There are, of course, many more stories like these to be told and hopefully they will be in the weeks, months and years to come.
Morgan W. Brown
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