To the Editor,

A satisfactory nation includes a balance whereby the whole is lifted up rather than any being crushed as fodder for success of the few.

Out of Civil War times came formal legal tools to aid that imperative.

Even yoday, measures such as the 14th Amendment are current legal targets of those still holding seemingly unrelenting prejudices.

For me, I see the crux of several matters now at hand is that logic and just force can still meet with direction toward remedial and/or final justice. The 1860’s Civil War was in part a manifestation of such a thrust with operative attempts to purge inhumane traditions embodied in blatant slavery from our nation. Drastic action was then required. The federal government continues to lead sporadically in similar classed matters as states in their varied concerns might/had missed some important national precepts and should be called in account.

Enslaved not through a will of their own, some people are still chronically targeted by bullies that seek status or position at inhuman expense of others. Those who are in tragic circumstances must receive appropriate chance for remedies as possible but if not practical are still be treated with dignity as much as anyone would deserve, even win compensation for directed travesties.

The Supreme Court heard a landmark case in the 1980’s, Cleburne vs. Cleburne Living Center, in which it was held that regardless of a city zoning ordinance which forbade it, a group of disabled persons could not be denied their civil rights but must be treated fairly in living where they chose. They were not to be abused because they were who they were with their special status as disabled being of highest consideration to transcend other legalities. The case was marked as a major factor with the following adoption of the Original American Disabilities Act in 1990.

Again, some seek to prolong abuses rather then submit to the thrust toward a common good. The outstanding ideals of our country continue to be trashed by conscious intent to subvert various freedoms guaranteed to all. Diehards that continue to fight laws and supporting court cases doggedly persist in their patterns of discrimination, even openly demonstrating contempt for various federal laws. Even at this writing, some wayward states and local entities seek to thwart federal measures specifically exempted from the Federal Mandates Law.

Alvarado, Keene, and Grandview in Johnson County, Cleburne as county seat, still choose to ignore or a least resist the ADA, trying to purge any advantages it promised to invigorate. The associated cancer of bullish nullification has spread even to the state of Texas itself.

There remaining no normal legal means to dodge offenses of such improper and illegal conduct as attempts to do so are neither cute nor witty. Details of the violations relative to my situation likely will follow here soon as the nature of the criminal acts of the various identified officials is recounted. Discriminatory patterns still continue, all cases active.

Serious matters may require serious remedies, not just suggestions but reflected by action. Directions are that faithful compliances are best, and applications of penalties directed by jurisdictional courts are preferred as lesser means of resolution of difficulties. But beyond these paths, other means might be appropriate. Fighting for one’s country can call for risking or losing ones life but such is not to be taken as exclusive of the risk assumed by disobeying just laws or trying to eradicate those that seek to follow, obey, and/or execute justice.

Recently and specifically the Federal Hate Crimes Act, 18 USC  249, includes answers for certain ill treatments of the disabled. After the final vote on the Act in the Senate was failing, I contacted several of the senators directly recounted local events, noting their exceptions, and replying that due to my knowledge of abuses by Alvarado. et. al., toward me such a bill might be useful. Shortly thereafter, sufficient votes were changed to pass the law. Others surely were involved. I see its passage as a successful promulgation of certain freedoms; I am proud to have followed through as a partner in facilitating history.

In summary, the fabric of due process is not so easily sidestepped as somewhat ignorant individuals and groups might assume. A few contrived documentary changes cannot simply subvert the Constitution, or as Krystal Ball on MSNBC just said, “Cheating to win.” Such attempts at malicious changes in our laws strike at the cherished purposes of our country. Delicate justice is to be served, and I serve on the supporting jury, and more. Those that threaten our cooperative progressive venture to further general, fair, mutually supportive, and benign lives are our eternal enemies.

Bill Shaw,

Maypearl