In the worst possible case, mental illness is brought painfully home

Nestor Ramos’s commentary on Latarsha Sanders brings severe mental illness home, into the house and heart of every one of us (“No simple answers to mental illness,” Page A1, Feb. 9). It also reminds us that racism continues to blind us to the fact that Latarsha Sanders could be a member of any of our families.

She who murders her children is ours, and she is part of all of us. Could anything illustrate severe mental illness more than a loving mother killing her children? Until we understand that Sanders is not “the other,” we won’t own our collective responsibility to protect our children, even, when necessary, from those who love them the most.

Jana Porter

Little Compton, R.I.

The writer is a licensed independent clinical social worker.