Letters to the Editor

August 11, 2014

Anger at discrimination

I am angry with the remarks I read in the Belleville News-Democrat article "Council, residents heatedly debate group home." If you are a Green Mount Manor resident who protests individuals with disabilities living in your neighborhood, then you are discriminating. The article claims that one resident stated, "I know what discrimination is and that's not it." A discriminating act is an act that "shows favor or disfavor unjustly." Therefore yes, your actions are most certainly discriminating.

These are four employed adults who have graduated from high school and have no criminal record. They have the right to have a home in whatever neighborhood they can afford to live in. Furthermore, the group home encourages personal responsibility and fosters independence. This semi-independent living condition will hopefully allow these people to become productive members of society instead of lifelong recipients of a welfare check.

I will close with a final thought, "if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, swims like a duck, it's probably a duck." The comments and actions reported in this article clearly show discrimination.

Theresa Goeb


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