Voice of the People
Disabilities are not always obvious
When a recent letter started about the use of handicapped placards, I thought it was going to be a good letter. WRONG!
How does anyone know what type of disability a person has by merely seeing them run into a store and back to put up her placard. Yes, too many people misuse them but also, too many people think they have the right to judge another person's disability by something as simple as this.
Then the writer of the letter goes on to tell about what her mother had to go through to get her placard. Well, surprise, nothing has changed. Without a letter from a doctor, you still can't get a handicapped placard.
Then the writer commented that you can buy a placard from many catalogs for $4 each. Again, WRONG If this lady would read closer, she'd realize that it's a plastic cover that goes over the placard to protect it.
Since people have no knowledge of what a person's disability might be, unless sure, they should keep their mouths shut! We have nothing to prove to them!
Anti-war voices deserve respect
After 9/11, we protested the war in Afghanistan. We were called "Bin Laden Lovin' Hippies" and "Anti-American." Sure, force was necessary, but was the force used successful in obtaining our goals?
We protested the Iraq invasion as well, citing the complete lack of evidence of weapons of mass destruction that the Bush administration claimed legitimized the war. Again, we were called names and even threatened. The "we" I refer to are a wide variety of U.S. citizens, including a 5,000-member group of veterans like myself. Again, with Iraq, we were right.
Who now thinks it was right to spend $3 trillion on a war in Iraq, given the outcome there, and the fact that we are in the worst economic crisis since the Depression? We've heard the same voices that forced us into war claiming liberals got us into this economic crisis. Fifty-one percent of us know the truth. Bush responded to a crisis by throwing thousands of lives and trillions of dollars away and no one was held accountable. We knew that would happen, which is why we protested.
It gives none of us in the anti-war crowd pleasure that we were right.