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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | NOVEMBER 14, 2011 7:20 AM

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Integrate autistic children to public schools

Autism is a growing disorder worldwide, with cases growing by over 20 percent in the past decade.

Autism is a developmental brain disorder and affects both language development and social skills, making it hard for autistic children to communicate and interact with others. Autistic children are not receiving the appropriate education in public schools, making families turn to a costly private education for their children.

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Act, passed in 1975, school-age children are guaranteed a free and appropriate public education. I find this not to be the case with many public schools today. Shouldn't a child with a disability be able to get the same education as a "normal" child? Autistic children should be integrated into public schools so that they can observe the other children and learn social skills from those other children. Cases have shown that children that are autistic can succeed in public schools if given the correct attention.

I believe that autistic children can be integrated into public schools if the schools believe that they can help the children. The schools must be motivated to help the children and teachers must want to see the children succeed. Autistic children can succeed in a public school, but public schools must give the children the appropriate education, which is not the case today.

Kristen Jorgensen
UI student

Plutocracy replacing democracy

Deregulation and lower taxes at the top have created a new class of corporate plutocrats. They spend hundreds of millions to tilt elections. They want to control government by starving it. They want to shift their taxes onto everyone else. They want to send more to the top, less to the bottom, and squeeze the middle-class.

People they elected gave us a devalued dollar, budget and trade deficits, foreclosures, unemployment, a shrinking middle class, a depression, the biggest transfer of wealth in history, torture, rendition, secret tribunals, invasion under false pretenses, spying on citizens, suspending civil rights, and the war that never ends. Must we wait for genocide to call this what it is?

Fascism is not a mustachioed man shouting with his arm out. Fascism is when capital controls government. Fascism is the idea that big business should do whatever it wants.

This idea gnaws at America like a viperous worm. The more it eats, the hungrier it gets. It kills unions, jobs, the economy, and the middle class. No democracy has come into existence or long-endured in the absence of a strong middle class.

When plutocracy replaces democracy, oligarchy and dictatorship follow. Plutocrats such as Gustav Krupp brought Adolf Hitler to power, thinking they could profit. The Koch brothers and their ilk are making the same mistake — they're unleashing hate they can't control.

It happened to Italy and Germany, and it's happening here. Fascism.

The most dangerous snake is the one we don't see.

Dr. James Sutton
UI alum

Too big to compromise

In last week's Republican Party revival meeting in Michigan, one pretender to leadership after another suggested that "too big to fail" was at the root of the bailout mistake. The bailouts were part of the current creed of greedy, economic evils that cause 99 percent of Americans to suffer and greatly benefiting the top 1 percent. This 1 percent sits on a pile of wealth that is "too big" to fail 'em.

So "too big" is not a relevant term to the majority of Americans, but it is the go-to excuse of those few who, over the past several decades, have shifted into their pockets piles of loot that let them own the Republican Party and the best politicians that money can buy. Now they are bent on acquiring title to "WE THE PEOPLE."

Last night on the platform in Michigan, there were actual members of these entitled few with such wealth they are too big to fail and also some political toadies who bow and scrape in service to their protection and want to do it from the White House.

Out here in the not-too-big-to-fail land where we are all created equal, a few of us 99 percent nobodies show a need to demonstrate some mock-rugged individualism by offering lip service support to the too-big-to-fail hoarders of the nation's wealth. These few lowly toadies have reason to personally feel like great failures in life — they don't have the big bucks that they so admire and have to amuse themselves with crumbs tumbling down toward them. Some salve their deep hurt by pretending that they are also among the self-made few of superior merit and show it by defending the 1 percent at the top who have got too much to fail and don't need servile words of protection that come from those that are worth so little.

Sam Osborne
West Branch


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