I was saddened to see that Dr. Jan Meyer's column this week included the word "retarded" several times in her article and also in the bold print quote at the top of the page.

The word "retarded" has negative/derogatory assumptions with it's use. I can think of several other words she could have chosen to use to describe the pheasant that was bothering her.

There are currently campaigns going on to eliminate the "R Word" from people's conversations and writings.

I hope Dr. Jan Meyer will join this campaign and eliminate this word from her conversations and future writings.

Thank you,

Sue Richter