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ecently, I mentioned to a couple of Petalumans that the waters that ebb and ﬂow through their town are polluted—and watched them wince visibly. Ducking the facts won’t help to save the waters, the watershed and the wetlands. To protect the environment, it’ll help to know its history. For much of the past, humans haven’t cared a BLEEP about the beauty of the place. They widened what was once called a creek, dredged it and straightened it so boats could move up and down quickly. Time was money. They also ﬁlled in parts of the creek, and built docks and wharfs to unload and reload quickly. The citizens who want to “Save the Petaluma River” are my friends. Those in the know, however, usually refer to it as a tidal slough. Of course, “river” sounds sexier. If we’re going to preserve it, we might recognize that the tidal slough is sadly polluted, that it’s the most heavily polluted of all the waterways that ﬂow into San Pablo Bay, that it has an excess of nitrogen, hot spots of copper and nickel, and low dosages of oxygen, which isn’t good for ﬁsh. We ought to make this place into a genuine national treasure. To do that, we’ll have to take individual responsibility for the environment. There’s too much pollution from cars and too much BLEEP from dogs that ends up in the tidal slough. I would hate to be up BLEEP’s creek without a paddle. To preserve the watershed we’ll have to start by being more conscious than we are now of the water we waste, the trash we manufacture, the toxins we add to the air and the earth. Hey, slow down, slow is beautiful. It might even be sexier. Jonah Raskin lives in Santa Rosa and writes about the environment. Open Mic is a weekly feature in the Bohemian. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write firstname.lastname@example.org.
I agree with Jessica Dur Taylor (“Fear Factor”, July 31) when she says that cognitive behavioral therapy can be an effective treatment for social anxiety. However, her article glosses over a signiﬁcant problem with the type of CBT discussed in her article, and it perpetuates a myth about talk therapy. Exposure therapy can be severely distressing—sometimes too distressing for a person to tolerate. For that and other reasons, studies have shown dropout rates averaging around 25 percent and as high as 50 percent or more. Someone may tolerate and respond better to another form of therapy, and it’s the therapist’s job to match the therapy to the individual. There’s no such thing as one-size-ﬁts-all. Second, the article’s depiction of talk therapy as “lie-on-the-couch-andwhine” therapy doesn’t reﬂect the state of talk therapy today. Short-term psychodynamic therapy, for example, doesn’t rehash the past; it focuses on helping a client recognize when they’re repeating dysfunctional patterns they learned in the past so they can respond in new ways to what’s happening in the here and now. Finally, the writer defames talk therapists when she suggests that some therapists dislike CBT because they’d rather have long-term clients than provide the most effective treatment. Such unethical behavior could quickly lead to a therapist’s license being revoked. Disseminating knowledge about an effective therapy such as CBT is extremely helpful; perpetuating outdated stereotypes and making unwarranted accusations of unethical behavior by therapists who provide other, equally effective types of therapy is not.
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Americans express horror at Germans for being silent during World War II and covering up atrocities. We are appalled at them when they say, “I was only following orders.” We believe those orders were unconscionable and should not have been followed. Since Bradley Manning released documents proving that the United States is committing war crimes, he has been pursued as a criminal. Now he has been convicted of charges that could lead to many years in prison. This is hypocrisy of a very ugly sort. Had a young German done the same in 1940, Americans would hail him as a hero. To prosecute Manning and put him in prison is a shameful and dangerous act. It sends a message to those who have access to important information that they are risking their careers and freedom if they break silence. Bradley Manning is a real patriot and has done us a great service. He should be free.
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Efren Needs Better Nutrition There are two victims here, and one is clearly the woman who was being frightened by a crazed man (“Falling Star,” July 17). At the same time, it is important to realize that demented behavior is just that—demented. In other words, Efren Carrillo was not his usual—his real—self. Unlike a broken leg, mental illness is a fairly invisible malady. But it is not intentional. Nor is it strictly in the mind, but has a physiological basis. Prescription drugs for mental illness are based on that very physiology. Therefore, everyone can grasp the concept that rebalancing one’s biochemistry will result in improved health. No one is born with a need for Prozac, but everyone requires various nutrients that are scarce in our modern diet.
Carrillo will recover faster if he adds super-nutrition to his treatment plan. In fact, anyone w-ould regain their real selves faster with good nutrition. The computer axiom GIGO is also true for people: “Garbage In, Garbage Out.”
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