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Letters to the editor, July 30

Published:   |   Updated: July 29, 2014 at 03:24 PM

On the level

Regarding Marty Moore’s op-ed page column “Natural Rights For Fictional Persons,” on the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, corporations aren’t people, just like Big Unions aren’t people, right?

The problem is, prior to the court’s Citizens United decision, unions had the exclusive power to openly influence elections and help almost exclusively Democrats. In fact, unions force people to join and force them to make dues payments and then unions use those dues payments as the leaders see fit, not as the union member may desire.

Now, the simpler approach, and my preference, would have been to strip the unions of their electioneering power. But does anyone really believe that Democrats would let that happen?

So to the party obsessed with “fairness “I reluctantly say “Cheers” to Citizens United and leveling the political playing field.

Thomas West

New Port Richey

More to do

July marked the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights law that seeks to eliminate discrimination against people based on their disability. The ADA applies to discrimination in employment, state and local government services, privately operated public accommodations, transportation and telecommunications.

The Center for Independence and The Arc of Florida, nonprofit organizations that advocate on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, have seen positive changes in these areas since the ADA was signed into law in 1990. Just a few years before its passage, many Floridians with intellectual and developmental disabilities were institutionalized. Today, many are living and working in their community.

While great strides have been made in our society, discrimination still exists. In 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a landmark case, Olmstead v. L.C., that unnecessary segregation of individuals with disabilities in institutions is discrimination. Despite this, Florida continues to house some individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in institutions and children in nursing homes.

We hope our elected leaders will fund additional community-based programs, ensuring that all Floridians are treated equally and able to live in the community, where they belong.

Sean Kline

Port Richey

The writer is development director for the Center for Independence.

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