Letter: Lack of ratification is shameful

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I feel truly shamed and humiliated by the failure of the U.S. Senate to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty was a fine example of U.S. world leadership, since it was based on our own Americans with Disabilities Act enacted here in the 1990s. It was simply a treaty to encourage the rest of the world to act more like the U.S.

Scare tactics from the U.N. "phobics" in this country have struck again. I would like to hear from someone who can illustrate specifics of how his or her rights as a U.S. citizen have actually been diminished for the worse by our country's membership and participation in the United Nations.

The U.N. may not be perfect, or always effective, but it is one place where we can try to keep people talking instead of shooting. It is a great deliverer of human services that make the world a better place for many of it's citizens. And it is a forum where the U.S. can offer leadership in a positive way.

I'm afraid the dissenting members of the Senate greatly diminished that role for us by their vote.

Marilynn Gordon

Vancouver