Letters to the Editor

Special Olympics hurts the disabled

I'm glad Special Olympics supporters feel good about themselves. I know you mean well, but you don't know that Special Olympics actually harm the disabled.

The disabled who can't think (or who won't) love being told they're special and wonderful. However, I guarantee they don't like being turned down for jobs because potential employers, thinking of the Special Olympics, believe the disabled can't compete against the nondisabled.

Once upon a time, we had sheltered workshops in America for disabled people. Once upon a time I would have been shoved into one of those workshops to make brooms or brushes. Once upon a time people used to think those sheltered workshops were really wonderful.

Totally blind, I graduated in 1982 from a top 10 U.S. law school. I practice privately and also serve as a judge pro tem in the Circuit Court for Jackson County. Once upon a time people would have been congratulating themselves for seeing I found a place in a workshop.

Continue supporting the Special Olympics if you must, but please don't lie to yourselves or to the disabled. What you are doing is lowering the opinion of the nondisabled about the competence of the disabled and, frankly, it does not help us at all.

Bruce Harrell


Gunman depraved, immoral and evil

Recently a horrible massacre of innocent people commenced in Aurora, Colo., perpetrated by a godless, depraved, immoral and evil gunman. Too, this is only the latest in a number of previous serial shootings by deranged cretins who have no regard for innocent human life, society and decency.

Am I as an individual gun-owning citizen upset, depressed and beside myself because of this gross injustice? As well as many others also, of course I am! Why do people perpetrate such evil?

I don't know nor do I pretend to have all the "fix it" answers attempting to offer a simple solution. Perhaps JPFO Inc. puts this into better perspective than myself with two posted online commentaries titled "The Colorado Tragedy" and "The Lesson of Colorado," dated July 20 and 21, respectively. These can be read at www.jpfo.org/.

May God help us. The Bible states: "But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death." — Proverbs 8:36

James A. Farmer


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