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Yes! Those With Disabilities Are People Too!Luke Easter Salem-News.com
Taking time to consider the achievements related to the Americans With Disabilities Act.
(CLEVELAND, Ohio) - At Salem-News.com we root for the common man, anyone who reads our pages knows that.
Among common men and women, some of our best friends are disabled.
It is important to note that today signifies a substantial mark in the progress for those who live with disabilities. Twenty years ago, the Americans With Disabilities Act was signed into law.
Many of our disabled citizens never had a choice, some became handicapped through accidents and the like, and there are many who chose to serve their nation and for that, spend the rest of their lives with more challenges than others.
Yet we can't go far without encountering a disabled person who is a real asset in this society; people who rise far above others in their quest to see justice for all.
Of those wonderful people, we are great admirers.
Yes! Those With Disabilities Are People Too!
Attended a Saturday prayer breakfast a couple weeks back,
Must admit at first I was more than just a little bit dismayed,
Well, no wonder he didn’t acknowledge it when passed around,
The House of our Lord and he was almost run over by sightful legs,
It is the year of our Lord 2010 and we live in very perilous times,
Encountering those less fortunate, cruel things do you think and say?
It took a lot of pressure & perseverance but twenty years ago today,
There was actually a start-up movement five years before, okay where?
No, not everyone yet it seems there are less for them and more against,
By Luke Easter
Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke explained what drives him to try to heal the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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