Letters to the editor: Sept. 9

Posted 9/10/21

Alcorn’s Aug. 26 column

Alcorn is right, he will be getting emails. He continually spouts off hurtful commentary about communities he doesn’t understand. He really seems to have ramped …

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Letters to the editor: Sept. 9

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Alcorn’s Aug. 26 column

Alcorn is right, he will be getting emails. He continually spouts off hurtful commentary about communities he doesn’t understand. He really seems to have ramped up the past 18 months. I turn the page and try to look away, at this point, but when I see something that seems like it could be self-reflection in the title - I have to look.

I’m sure he understands there is more to an autism diagnosis than social communication difficulties. At its core, it is that, but thankfully there are qualified providers to distinguish between autism and other complicated issues. I’m certain that the medical and therapeutic community will have the impact of yet another by-product of the prolonged need for pandemic masking on their radars. I just hope teachers will still at least refer, as unless your education and experience in the field makes you a diagnostician, it could be really hard to tell the difference between an easy fix and a more intractable atypical communication style.

Finally, I want to talk about the potential impact of his casual dismissal of autism diagnostics: for a group of humans working to communicate their existence and abilities to a society not aware of or built to accommodate their needs, a statement like this potentiates #actualautistic people having their symptoms questioned, derided, or written-off. 

Also? Go ahead and text kids. Plenty of autistics communicate thoughts better on keyboards and a few sentences an emojis than vocally. It’s all good. Welcome to the future.

Let me just throw some more hashtags in here for you, Mike — #autismacceptance #defetableism #memberberries (h/t South Park)

Wendy Jacobs,

Arvada

Griffith for council

I have been an Arvada resident for 25 years. My husband and children were all born while living in Arvada. We love Arvada!

I am the owner and operator of a small business in the childcare industry. I am writing to voice my support for City Council At Large candidate Michael P. Griffith. Mike supports local business and is clearly invested in the success of our community. For example, in the first few weeks of the pandemic Mike sought out and worked with members of the Olde Town Arvada District to explore options for street closures and outdoor space so that business could continue to operate safely. Wow! What a great success!

There is a new trend in our local elections where partisan groups are trying to force national issues into our city charter. This is not the right direction for Arvada. We need representation in city government from regular people that aren’t trying to launch political careers. We need people to run for office that will strengthen our community rather than try to build a new one. We need candidates that will seek common ground instead of pushing one extreme or another. We need someone like Mike Griffith.

We have never had a better choice for City Council. On Nov. 2 let’s tell these outside special interest groups to stay out of our local elections, let’s send Mike Griffith to City Council!

Beverlyn Hovey

Arvada

Don’t erase a treasured tradition

I’ve lived in Arvada for 63 years, went to Arvada High School. One of my fondest memories was practicing for the parade and going to the festival after. If you continue to cancel or postpone (whatever word you use), you are erasing tradition that adds to pride in this city. I don’t know who makes up the City Council but it must be a group who rolls their eyes at tradition. Stop trying to be a big city attraction and stick to what makes Arvada special. Check it out, Wheat Ridge had their Carnation Festival, Denver had the Stock Show, Greeley had their Stampede. Why don’t you try to be constructive and plan ahead to find a new venue instead of sabotaging what should be favored memory for some, a tradition for many and anticipation for the many who haven’t experienced the Arvada Harvest Festival and Parade. I’ve seen many things change in Arvada, some good and some not so good 

Don’t let this be a bad change. 

Terry Ricken,

Arvada

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