Letters to the Editor

'Sticks and stones'

I agree with Carole Pings' recent letter (March 19). In a day and age where celebrities are going to rehab for their thoughtless use of racial and homosexual slurs, why does our society turn a blind eye to the use of "retarded" as a derogatory insult?

Daily, I hear not only children, but adults, including celebrities and the media, using this term without any thought at all to the population they are insulting.

We should all be held accountable when we are insensitive to any population. My kindergarten students know better than to "throw sticks and stones." Isn't it about time we followed their example?

Wendi Vartabedian

Fresno

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