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Grapevine : January 2011
and the internet. I found good guidelines in the issue, but one problem I'm having was not ad- dressed. At various times, AA members have used my email address for religious chain letters, personal business promotions, and other non-AA related communi- cation. I am on a service committee and gave my email address so that documents relating to our committee could be shared. Recently, I opened an email from another committee member, and it was a rant against the president and his party. is was not only unsolicited, but inflam- matory and insulting to me. I informed the sender that he'd violated our tradition of "having no opinion on outside issues." He replied that he'd sent me the email as "one friend to another." I clarified that I'd not given him my email address as a friend, rather as a com- mittee member. It is true that the Tradi- tions that guide us were written in a time and place so much di erent from today, but the spirit of anonymity is time- less and the wisdom to preserve it as available as ever. Vickie A. Oceanside, Calif. Double stigma The stigma of alco- holism and mental illness remains. I am an alcoholic who su ers from two di erent mental illnesses: bipolar disor- der and attention-deficit disorder. Like Betty S. in "A Matter of Chemistry" (September 2010), I have received comments such as: "We're here to talk about alcoholism---not mental illness." I want to thank the Grapevine for printing Betty's story. With the help of God and AA, I will have three years of sobriety this Septem- ber. Betty's letter makes me feel secure in my sobriety, even while on psychiatric meds. I will be 60 years old in Febru- ary 2011---better late than never. Anonymous Spirit of anonymity Iwaited for my copy of the October 2010 "Anonymity" issue, eager to hear how others were dealing with anonymity AA members have used my email for chain letters. Grapevine 5