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No to disabilities

Posted: December 13, 2012 - 9:53pm

While reading the Dec. 9, 2012, Minneapolis Tribune, I came across an article titled “A Shameful Senate Vote.”

Thirty-eight Republicans cast ‘no’ votes against ratification of a UN treaty that banned discrimination against people with disabilities. The treaty is a model of the Americans with Disabilities Act which Republican President George H.W. Bush signed into law in 1990.

What made this so embarrassing is that former Republican Sen. Bob Dole was present, sitting in his wheelchair to watch the vote. Sen. Dole lost the use of his right arm and hand during World War II. A disabled American hero. This group of 38 insisted that the treaty would lead to UN interference with American sovereignty. How dumb! The vote fell five votes short of the two-thirds majority needed. Disgusting!

Al Kraft

Crow Wing Township