ANTIDEPRESSANT: City Councilman Candidate’s Wife Attacked Him: Texas

Paragraphs three through five read:  “She told of being
diagnosed with cancer shortly after their marriage in 1997, of suffering
depression after the treatment and of
medication
that magnified her issues.

“I have a
mean-spirited side and I took it out on him,” she told the gathering of about
100. “All those months of treatment and I was fed up. And
he was the one I could beat the hell out of.”

“But when the husband
made it a two-way fight before turning to leave the home, she said, she called
police. She ditched the prescription medication and they have long
since gotten through their issues
, she said, adding that David McNeely
is today a candidate worthy of the voters’ faith.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/local/stories/042810dnmetgarcouncil.2e165f3.html

Garland council candidate’s wife defends him despite domestic violence
charge

03:11 PM CDT on Tuesday, April 27, 2010
By RAY LESZCYNSKI / The Dallas Morning News
rleszcynski@dallasnews.com

A wife‘s story of ovarian cancer and domestic
violence added yet another layer of passion to Garland’s lone contested city

council race Monday night.

Sharp questions, finger-pointing between
incumbent John Willis and challenger David McNeely and a moderator calling for
order had already made for a lively forum. Then, as parties were dismissed,
Donna McNeely stepped to the podium at Shiloh Worship Center.

She told
of being diagnosed with cancer shortly after their marriage in 1997, of
suffering depression after the treatment and of medication that magnified her
issues.

“I have a mean-spirited side and I took it out on him,” she told
the gathering of about 100. “All those months of treatment and I was fed up. And
he was the one I could beat the hell out of.”

But when the husband made
it a two-way fight before turning to leave the home, she said, she called
police. She ditched the prescription medication and they have long since gotten
through their issues, she said, adding that David McNeely is today a candidate
worthy of the voters’ faith.

During the forum, the candidate had ducked
questions about the 1999 assault charge that was dismissed after he served a
year’s probation, restating that it was long ago and not relevant. He said later
that the decision to make a public statement was Donna’s.

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7/22/1999 – A Hotline Volunteer’s Perspective – Report

This appeared in today’s Dallas Morning News Letters to the Editor.
Interesting comment from the perspective of someone who volunteers for
an emergency hotline. Thanks to Rosie Meysenburg for passing this
along to us. Mark
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http://www.dallasnews.com/editorial/letters/0722edlett1.htm

Psychiatric drugs

There has been much talk about what is causing the rash of shootings by
children. No one explanation has nailed the source of the problem. One
explanation often heard is untreated mental problems.

In truth, three of the recent shooters had been treated and given
psychiatric drugs – Springfield’s Kip Kinkel (Springfield, Ore.) with
Prozac, Eric Harris (Littleton, Colo.) with Luvox and Thomas Solomon
(Conyers, Ga.) with Ritalin.

I was a volunteer for a hot line and received many complaints from
people
whose behavior became irrational after taking mood-altering drugs like
Prozac. The wife of comedian Phil Hartman, who killed her husband and
herself, was on the psychiatric drug Zoloft.

Why has there been no mention of the risks of taking these drugs? I
think
we have put too much trust in the psychiatric community in allowing
them to
put so many of our children on drugs. The pharmaceutical industry which
is
making big money on the proliferation of legal drug use and the rising
costs of drugs is not going to complain. We must complain.

PAT SPRUILL, Plano

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