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Banning electric shock is right thing to do

December 30, 2018

Electric shock and more complex devices of torture to temporarily modify aberrant behavior in people with autism and other intellectual disabilities have gone on far too long. The federal government remained silent on this subject, until now.

After decades of letter writing, testimonies, and a variety of other methodologies to educate public officials, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb in his newsletter stated, “We’re … planning to issue a final ban on electrical stimulation devices used for self-injurious and aggressive behaviors. We believe these products present an unreasonable and substantial risk to public health that cannot be corrected or eliminated through changes to the labeling.”

We support thousands of individuals with significant disabilities.

We use positive approaches regardless of any behavior.

It has worked since I founded this organization 30 years ago and hopefully, with the help of the federal government, it will become policy for every organization to follow.

Robert Stack

president

chief executive officer

Community Options

Santa Fe

Once again

Just to show everyone who’s boss, President Donald Trump announced that he has countermanded the effective date stipulated by Defense Secretary James Mattis in his resignation letter from the end of February to the end of the year.

Mattis’ reason for extending his term of service through the first two months of 2019 was to ensure a smooth transition for the new appointees who will assume what are arguably the two most important positions related to the security of our country — secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Once again, our degenerate president has placed his own narcissistic needs over those of his country.

Edward R. Baca

Santa Fe

Gratitude and grace

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to Zia Singers, celebrating the group’s 25th anniversary, for a generous gift to our Santa Fe High School choir program allowing a young woman who has been singing all her life and shows great promise to join us on our May trip to Ireland.

What an amazing thing to do.

Aaron Howe, Zia Singers director, should be congratulated on encouraging this gift.

Travel can change a young person’s life, and who knows what this trip will mean to her as she starts her senior year next year.

Marilyn Barnes

director

Santa Fe High School Choir

former director

Zia Singers

Santa Fe

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