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Letter: Bush was a caring man


Friday, December 07, 2018

One of the things George H.W. Bush is best remembered for is his signing into law the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. But long before that, then-Vice President Bush became aware of the plight of a young girl named Katie Beckett, who had to leave her family and live in a large institution because that’s the only place where she could get the care she needed for her developmental disability. It was he who pushed for and oversaw a change in federal policy called the “Katie Beckett Waiver” that allowed her and others to receive care living with their own families in their own homes. This led eventually to the closing of places like the Laconia State School and subsequent improvements in developmental disability services.

Can you imagine any of today’s republicans doing anything so, well, progressive?

George H. W. Bush was a caring man and a great leader.

DAVID HAGNER

Concord