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September 24, 2012
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Letter: Autism column brought tears

What a jewel Jeff Ackerman wrote Sunday, Sept. 9. Only a loving, caring parent could have written that story of autism. My partner and I cried tears for the young man who may be sacrificed for some over-the-hill politician.

Having been disabled from birth, I understand the slights and stares of the ignorant.

In your son Luke’s case I know from experience that he is a genius, and when he gets anything in his sights he goes ahead and becomes an expert on the subject, no matter what the subject is.

He is different in the way he interacts with strangers. Yet with people he knows, he is just Luke, a young man struggling along in a world that does not understand him, and worse yet, does not appreciate what he really is, a warm loving young man who indeed, does like being hugged.

I feel blessed that Luke has let me into his inner circle of friends and shares his ideas and hugs with me.

Perhaps someday people will get over their fear of others who are different and give them a hug and room in their hearts.

Robert Steuber

Penn Valley, Calif.

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