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'America Is Winning--and Why'

America will always be winning. Kudos to Daniel Gross for his excellent article (May 7), which points out the facts. The strength of our nation will always prevail in the face of adversity. Jeff Swanson Everett, Wash.

America is winning? Really? We have high unemployment. We have a public school system that can't compete with many other nations. We have a social-services system that isn't doing enough for people, including those with special needs. We have a higher education system that American students can't afford. And we have a political system that defines deadlock. Optimism may feel good, but we need some realism to create much-needed societal change. Gerald Bazer Toledo, Ohio

'When Love Is Not Enough'

When a child has a developmental disorder, parenting can be beyond challenging. Add to the stress of long-term care giving and managing very difficult behaviors the need to fight for support and services that can help these children make real progress. The parents Michelle Cottle interviews are courageous, tough, and enterprising, deploying enormous energy (not to speak of love) to help their kids surpass expectations. They desperately need good programs for kids with autism as they age out of the school system. We should support them by making it easier to get the help these kids need and deserve, and by ending the cycle of blaming parents for children's psychiatric and developmental disorders. That's why this week, National Children's Mental Health Awareness week (May 6-12), we urge everyone to join us for the Child Mind Institute's Speak Up for Kids, our national campaign to raise awareness of the importance of helping all children reach their potential. Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D. President, Child Mind Institute New York, N.Y.

As the parent of a special-needs child with a rare genetic syndrome, I appreciate Newsweek shedding light on the daunting problem of adult special-needs care. …

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