Ed Woeten's letter addressing drug babies was misinterpreted by many readers. Anyone who truly knows Mr. Woeten would agree that he is a very sensitive and caring man. In addition to being an excellent teacher over the past 35 years, he also works for the Peace Corps in Africa during the summer months. He cares about people very deeply or he would not have survived the teaching profession for so many yeas.
Although his letter caused some confusion between drug babies and those with naturally occurring disabilities, he intended to address only the potential parents of drug babies. He had no intention to hurt those parents of children with disabilities that are beyond anyone's control.
It is healthy to express one's opinions in an educated democracy. It spurs an exchange of ideas and beneficial debate. To those of you who wrote letters sharing your experiences with children of special needs, more power to you.