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Opinion Editorials:

Letters to the Editor:

February 11, 2015: Different definitions of disabilities. JEANNE RAYPHAND
SOME disabilities are obvious; some are not. Some disabilities interfere with performance at school or at work or with interpersonal relationships.read more.

February 06, 2015: The Americans with Disabilities Act protects job applicants from pre-employment inquiries about disabilities. JEANNE RAYPHAND
UNDER Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is unlawful for an employer to make inquiries as to whether an applicant is an individual with a disability or as to the nature of such disability before making a conditional offer of employment. 42 U.S.C. § 12112(d); 29 C.F.R. § 1630.13(a). read more.

January 15, 2015: Traveling with disabilities. THOMAS M. THORNBURGH
WHEN I was 14 years old, I broke my fibula in my leg, the smaller bone running parallel with the Tibia. This happened while playing football in Troy, Ohio, 20 miles south of Dayton. read more.

January 06, 2015: Birth defects are common, costly and critical. Greg Borja
THE National Birth Defects Prevention Network states that, “Birth defects are common, costly and critical.” read more.

December 17, 2014: Ironic. Jim Rayphand
THE following is from the Dec. 17, 2014 front page Variety article on H.B. 18-133: read more.

November 18, 2014: An electorate that discriminates. Jim Rayphand
At NMPASI, we take some pride in our autonomy. I think it’s something of an art-form to operate in political circles with political beings inside and out of our office without ever becoming political, at least as an organization... read more.

October 21, 2014: National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Thomas M. Thornburgh
IN America, we as a people represented by the U.S. Congress have agreed that people with disabilities have the power to contribute to the American economy... read more.

October 09, 2014: Dear Soba (a.k.a. Instant Noodles) Jim Rayphand
WE need to talk. And please don’t make this any harder than it has to be…this really is not very easy for me... read more.

June 05, 2014: Much for many. THOMAS M. THORNBURGH
THE recent passing of our Mayor Donald P. Flores is truly a loss for all of us. I remember him to be a man of the people, who did much for many.read more.

Aril 23, 2014: ‘Light it up blue’. THOMAS M. THORNBURGH
What is autism? According to www.autismsocietyofamerica.org, “autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others... read more.

February 25, 2014: That’s ‘insane’! GREG BORJA
I HAVE been watching a lot of late night TV lately and I started to notice that several commercials have began using the phrases, “That’s insane!” Or “it’s crazy!”... read more.



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