Letters to the Editor, March 14

Mar. 13, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

Recognize ability, not disability

The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) is proud to join advocates across the country in recognizing March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This month commemorates the progress in improving the lives of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and highlights the challenges that remain in achieving their full inclusion in all aspects of life.

The 2014 national theme, “Ability at Work,” encourages people across the state and the nation to understand that when people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods, houses of worship, schools and are expected to work and have careers, everyone wins.

Gov. Pat McCrory issued a North Carolina Proclamation declaring Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month which, in part, said, “…the most effective way to change the attitudes and beliefs about the abilities of individuals with developmental disabilities is through everyone’s work and active participation in community activities and the openness to learn and acknowledge each individual’s contribution.”

The NCCDD encourages everyone to get to know someone with a developmental disability and learn that he or she has a lot to offer their community.  Recognize ability, not the disability and picture the potential!

Ron Reeve Chair, 

NCCDD, Raleigh

Who’s ignoring constitution?

So the new, revolutionary Ukrainian government is screaming that the parliament of the Crimean region is behaving unconstitutionally. The Crimean legislators want to put before that region's citizens the question of whether to join the Russian Federation or remain a part of the Ukraine.

Seems to me that the Ukrainian rebels -- the ones who now make up the Ukrainian government -- trashed their constitution themselves when they refused to wait for a scheduled election to get rid of their corrupt elected President. They can't really complain that the Crimeans aren't honoring the constitution they themselves ignored. You declare a revolution and everything is up in the air, not just the things you want to change.

Jim Senter

Rougemont

Sharing the costs

Tom Campbell added perspective in his recent article about the Dan River coal ash spill and who should pay the cleanup costs.

As an end-of-the-line consumer I have no problem paying a bit more for the convenience of flicking a switch and knowing that the flick works reliably. We all share the costs of that convenience.

Jeff Scharver

Rougemont