Dear Editor,
October 22 is International Stuttering Awareness Day. Did you know that 70 million people worldwide stutter–more than the population of France?
For nearly 70 years, the Stuttering Foundation has offered free information about stuttering and its treatment. To mark this year’s awareness day, we’ve compiled information for all ages from speech-language pathologists around the world who specialize in the treatment of stuttering. This invaluable info can be found at www.StutteringHelp.org.
We hope to reach everyone with accurate and informed information about stuttering.

Sincerely,
Jane Fraser, president
The Stuttering Foundation

Dear Editor,
I am a painter, and as an artist my work is the synthesis of constantly evaluating information and the impact of my actions in my work. I try to bring the same level of critical thinking to the voting booth on Election Day. The person I want to represent me and my community in elected office should also be able to critically evaluate information, comprehending the difference between fact and fiction and seeking creative solutions. The currently polarized political climate has not fostered non-judgmental respectful understanding of the needs and interests of its constituents. Repeating false statements over and over does not make them true no matter the volume in which they are said.
In a person seeking office I look for evidence of a dedication to working to bring quality of life for all citizens. If a person has shown that they repeatedly vote on issues against the interest of their constituents do not reelect them. If a candidate continually shows the public that they have no understanding of our democratic process, don’t support them. The world is a complex place and an office holder’s solutions need to be fact driven and have nuance in order to be effective because their actions can alter lives for generations. Voting is a privilege that should not be squandered.

Robin McClintock
Hendricks, WV

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