Access for the handicapped
On “Abolishing Guardianship and Respecting the Rights of Disabled People” by Sara Luterman [March 22/29]: I can speak of being in a school for the blind and visually impaired after many years of attending one in Baton Rouge. Disability service systems are never designed to support people with disabilities, but rather to manage access to scarce resources.
Where is the joy?
To “The Lavish Joys of Natalie Wynn” by Liza Featherstone [March 8/15]: Ms. Wynn is one of the few public figures who speak about the culture of demolition in a way that is important to me. I don’t care if Celebrity X or Pundit Y don’t get a film or book deal. It is important to me that lefts chase other leftists, that activist circles are torn apart because we mistake our own painful dramas for attacks.
Vice President Kamala Harris made a big statement that she wasn’t far off in her acceptance speech when she said of the democratic struggle, “But it’s joy.” I haven’t really enjoyed politics for a long time. I just want the left to work together for a better world and maybe in some parts it might be fun.
Calexit versus the filibuster
Nathan Newman makes a compelling argument in “The Case for Blue-State Secession” but then rejects it as “second best solution”. [Feb. 22/March 1]. Indeed, his preferred solution to abolishing the electoral college has little chance of success, let alone adopting a parliamentary system, the superiority of which is demonstrated in Alexis Grenell’s column [“46 and Done,” Feb. 22/March 1].
The most realistic means of peaceful separation and avoidance of another civil war is to amend the constitution. The best solution is to convince state lawmakers or conventions to support this amendment.
Walter L. Williams, PhD
California Independence Movement
Palm Springs, Caliph.
My own solution would be to abolish the Senate. Our system was poorly designed even for its time, but neither will we become a parliamentary democracy. Filibuster reform is probably the most feasible way to go.
Black Sci-Fi Worldmaking
Stephen Kearse does an exceptional job in placing N.K. Jemisin in the history of African-American science fiction and fantasy writers who recognize both pioneers and current greats [“The Empire Is the World,” Feb. 8/15]. I was also pleased to see Christopher Priest as part of that pantheon. Black creators who work almost entirely on comics or animated series like Priest and Dwayne McDuffie are often excluded from lists of influential science fiction and fantasy writers. Given that Jemisin is a regular contributor to DC Comics himself now, it makes sense to add these names to this conversation.