Last week, after reading an editorial in the Eagle entitled “Europe Has Putin, We Have the Supreme Court!”, I feared we had rewound the clock back on the societal gains this country has made within the special needs community. Admittedly, I don’t know the author, and acknowledge her various hypotheses (hopefully) represent a very small minority of Americans - and human-kind at large.

Setting aside the obviously fictitious suggestion that pro-life politicians “dominate” the current American political landscape and that defending life from conception to natural death is a “vicious attack on all women,” what I found most reprehensible was the premise that the life of a special needs child is somehow worth less than that of a “normal life.” Has the author made that decision for the rest of us? As the father of an amazing, severely disabled daughter, the author dragged me through a full range of emotions: anger, disbelief and nauseousness, to name a few.

I have never once thought of my daughter as a “burden” on society and was shocked that in today’s age of “championing every child,” that these type of thoughts still exist. On the bright side, this article compelled me to give living witness to the joys special needs children and adults provide each one of us. We have so many amazing special needs children and adults who live within our community. I only ask that as a fellow Coronado resident, and parent of a special needs adult, you take the time to go out of your way to say hello to a special needs neighbor. The smile you receive in return will likely remind you of the miracle of all life.

My wife and I chose life, and have never looked back.

VOL. 112, NO. 21 - May 25, 2022

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