Any story on mental illness catches my eye. Alas, your story on obsessive-compulsive disorder ("KCBS anchorman learns to face his compulsions," Feb. 9) has huge holes.

The long story never tells what can be done for OCD. It looks as if the editor just chopped it off without reading. This is a disservice to your readers.

OCD is highly treatable and no one need suffer endlessly. It is a physical disease of the brain (which you do not explain) and not a failing or a weakness.

Please follow up and describe the medications and counseling that can aid people with this disorder. Like major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, help is available. No one has to "tough it out." And while Bell "made a bargain with the stars," more scientific treatment will appeal to many.

Cornelia Rusk

Castro Valley

San Leandro voters approved

ninth-grade academy

I am very frustrated by the recent letters about Measure B that are nothing but divisive and misleading.

Last year I attended one of the facility workshops to discuss the possibilities for the proposed bond. My questions were answered and I was given the opportunity to help shape the direction of our schools. My only disappointment was the low attendance. Where were the critics then?

After doing some research I found that students often feel overwhelmed, confused, and alone when entering high school.


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Ninth-grade academies help young people feel more nurtured and connected, and teachers can get to know and support their students better. Communities that have ninth-grade academies have declining dropout rates and increased attendance.

A friend who attended a ninth-grade academy shared her wonderful experience with me. After attending ninth grade in a smaller setting, she felt more confident with the transition into a large high school.

Many people took the time to get involved, looked at the options, and 68 percent of voters last November approved a ninth-grade academy. As a parent with young children, I am excited my family will have this opportunity in San Leandro.

Andrea Sitchon

San Leandro

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