A quick concussion, lasting effects: Thank you for a feature on such an important topic — it is important that parents of young people involved in sports know exactly how serious a head injury can be, and that such injuries can lead to permanent disabilities ["Knocked Out," Steve Jansen and Gus Garcia-Roberts, Feature, 8/17].
It is encouraging that more and more schools and sports teams are recognizing that head injuries cannot be taken lightly. One thing that is important to know for people living with the aftereffects of a head injury is that they are not alone. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBI) every year. It is high time this issue gets the attention it deserves.
The Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco is home to a weekly TBI Support Group. The group, which has been in operation for more than 10 years, is completely consumer-driven and provides people living with TBI with opportunities to share experiences and address common issues. The lasting effects of TBI are often referred to as an invisible disability. There is nothing invisible about people who have suffered head injuries.
Again, thank you for placing a sharp focus on this topic.
Independent Living Resource Center
Blog Comments of the Week
In response to a blog post about an animal activist's plight to end livestock births at the fair: While waking people up to the realities of life for farm animals is a worthwhile endeavor, I'm not sure Eric Mills' aggressive tactics are the answer ["Animal Activists to State Fair: Don't Have a Cow," Matt Smith, the Snitch, 8/18].
I imagine the fair people have decided they will never give him an inch, even if they might have otherwise compromised. Perhaps another spokesperson is needed at this point who can work with the fair without condemning them as unethical and soulless. Most people do not understand the true intrinsic worth of animals yet, and forcing them to doesn't help.
In response to a blog post about a pit bull killing its pregnant owner: I wonder what the heck happened since the era of The Little Rascals, when pit bulls were considered great companions for kids ["Pit Bull That Killed Darla Napora Got Loose from Backyard While Officer Kept Watch," Lauren Smiley, the Snitch, 8/12]. Either the dogs were less dangerous back then because they were trained and bred properly, or people just accepted dog attacks as a part of life, like car accidents.
In response to a blog post about Sonoma potentially banning aggressive dogs: Yes it is was a tragic event [Pacifica dog mauling], but every dog is different ["Sonoma Councilwoman Wants to Ban Pit Bulls — And Other Aggressive Dogs," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 8/17]. As an owner of a pit bull myself, I know how loving and sweet the breed truly is when raised in the right environment and given enough time and attention. A citywide ban is appalling. I will not give up my dog because of someone's misfortune.
Sonoma's ban is about preventing the nature of the breed: When it comes to pit bulls, it is all about nature, not nurture. We owned Alfonse [a dog] for over seven years and loved him like a child, but he had a dark side that just could not be denied. We compared it to knowing that a loved one has a mental illness, because we knew it wasn't his fault. But the plain and simple truth is that pit bulls are predisposed to extreme aggressive behavior, which can be compared to walking around with a loaded gun at the end of a leash.