Due to the First in The Nation Primaries being about a week away, and being denied by the statewide newspaper, and a possible crapshoot by the Nashua paper, I’m publishing the letter as if it was unpublished as of this writing, near noon Eastern Time, February 1st 2016.
To the Editor,
In January, Hillary Clinton had made a major campaign promise to tackle autism related issues (adults with the population, unemployment, housing, and general tolerance, etc.) This candidate who also was the Secretary of State had handled the Benghazi scandal horribly, storing an unsecured email server in her New York residence, and selling out our national security and interests.
I do not understand why any Republican candidate hasn’t countered Clinton’s offer in regards to autism. This boggles my mind. Presidential Candidate Donald Trump has spread inaccurate lies about childhood vaccinations causing autism and what about the Millennial voters? A year ago, it was reported that one in five twentysomethings believed that vaccines caused autism. How many of these groups of people know anything about the disorder to begin with or had any exposure to any individuals who suffer?
I’ve lived in this state my entire life, I as both a minority of the remaining Millennials living here and an autistic feel progressively hopeless; we cannot afford an Obama 3.0 Administration and the lack of response by any Republicans is pitiful. The lack of addressing autism directly should not be a Democrat issue as this disorder can impact anybody.
Let’s hope someone steps up to the plate by Primary Day.
I never sent this for a letter to the editor, but I was this close to sending it. Not to long before I was going to submit this editorial; I met with a lady named Jennifer who is part of the said Council, at a conference in the state near the end of April. What was more disturbing was she dyed her hair blue and said to me that “it’s easier” to focus on blue because many people associate ASD as the single boy/blue color.
In anyway, while I didn’t actually submit this to the local papers, here is the original text:
To the editor,
As an autistic, I find it highly offensive on April 23rd, that Governor Hassan made a proclamation on Autism Awareness Month along with the state’s Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders. According to the Council’s website, they suggested for the people dress in blue. Blue colors refer to Autism Speaks, a corporate non for profit group that has a long time extremist reputation for an example condone murder against the autistic population.
I recommend people to get the spine-chilling truth by searching for “Autism Everyday” on YouTube. For a state that has allegedly lead on progressing the needs of the developmentally disabled; these actions speak louder than words and our state has stooped to a shallow level by endorsing Autism Speaks’ obscene propaganda.
As a citizen of this fine state suffering with a community who are treating my group of people like a stereotype – this is unacceptable for 2015 standards. From my research, the Council is a do-nothing group that has a negative potential – me and others – to go backwards not forwards. Not only that, they focus on a minority such as children when adults are the majority suffering with ASD. This Council should be shut down and give the money back to the tax paying citizens.
If people don’t understand the last sentence, Michael Dell was quoted around 1997 when the late Steve Jobs returned to Apple, and he was quoted saying “If I were Apple, I’d shut it down and return the money to shareholders.”