- - Thursday, September 20, 2018


The op-ed originally headlined “Democrats sputter lies like they have Tourette’s syndrome” (Web, Sept. 13), written by Cheryl K. Chumley, was offensive and rude to those with Tourette’s syndrome. Would The Washington Times be OK with publishing articles poking fun at neurological disorders, such as epilepsy, ALS or Parkinson’s disease? How would readers feel about something like “Politicians must have Alzheimer’s because they can’t remember the promises they made” or “That politician squirmed in their seat like she was having an epileptic seizure”? I have a feeling The Times would never publish such sentences because they are absolutely inappropriate and offensive to large groups of people living with conditions that affect them physically, mentally and emotionally.

Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological disorder with which my 8-year-old was diagnosed last year. It causes him to make sounds and movements that he can’t control. It causes muscle pain, fatigue, anxiety and fear. These are not symptoms that are easy on an 8-year-old boy. To read the recent headline in The Times was like putting salt in our wounds. Is the newspaper calling my son a liar because he has Tourette’s? Do you think all people with Tourette’s are liars? I am asking you to stop this insensitive use of neurological disorders in your publications. An apology to the Tourette’s syndrome community would be the right thing to do.


Louisville, Ky.

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