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People’s column

Wrong words can lead to hurt

Editor, OBSERVER:

March 1 to March 31, is “Spread the Word to End the Word’ month.

When someone says the “R” word to a person with disabilities, it hurts their feelings big time. Let’s stop using the words retard and retarded. This is what it’s all about – known as “spread the word to end the word.”

The person or people who make fun out of disabled people and call them names, if they were disabled themselves, they would not like it. If they were made fun out of and they were called names, they would not like it and they would be insulted by it.

Please show kindness and respect to all people – and people with disabilities.

Always remember – people’s lives matter, and that goes for name-calling, also.

MARY A. HAYES,

Dunkirk

The Resource Center Advocate of the Year Award Winner for 2018

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