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Letter to the editor: Disabilities donít affect the mind

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014

As I walk around Torrington putting up Mayor Mike Varney campaign signs, I am astounded at the tripe I am hearing. For the sake of humor, Iíll tell three laughable myths.

One of several rumors says Mayor Varney is in terrible health and seeking another term as mayor against his doctorís wishes. Another says he is barely able to get around. Iíll leave it up to the readers to guess the source of these rumors.

As one who sees or speaks with Mike Varney almost as frequently as city workers and also worked with his campaigns the last 14 years, I will tell you that Mayor Varneyís health is excellent.

About eight years ago, Mr. Varney fell and broke the femoral head (ball) off the femoral neck, which connects the hip to the femur and gives the hip/leg mobility. In the fall, he also injured his back. Because of medical error, the first ball had to be replaced. This took place before Mike was re-elected.

Since re-election, he had back surgery, which left his right foot inoperable and is in physical therapy to repair that injury. Yes, he now uses a walker to get around, but in no way does his mind need help. Attend a city council meeting to see how sharp his mind functions.

Another myth is that the mayor has had to place someone in charge many times while his health is fading. I almost laughed when two different people told me the identical myth. Councilman Randy Adams was mayor pro-tem for three weeks while Mayor Varney recovered from back surgery.

Another time he was in Nebraska for a special presentation from MEAN (Municipal Energy Association of Nebraska) for his outstanding work in the field of energy and other community affairs. Having a mayor pro-tem is in accordance with Wyoming state statutes for towns and cities.

President Franklin Roosevelt hid his incapacity from the public because of wrong-thinking people. One of Goshen Countyís first leaders, William Power, was confined to a wheelchair. Like Roosevelt, Power and millions of other individuals, the inability to walk normally did not affect their intellect, which I canít say for those who judge Mayor Varney differently.

People who want to limit other people for their disability forced the federal Congress to legislate a law establishing the Americans with Disabilities Act, which helps protect the estimated 57 million Americans with disabilities from being discriminated against.


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