In response to Feature Writer John Christie – Advocacy Groups Demand Goodwill Pay Its Disabled Workers at Least Minimum Wage, Barbara wrote:
I see two sides to the issue. Although I don’t believe in paying people below minimum wage if they are able to produce at minimum wage level, I fear that if lower wages weren’t in place for those who can’t perform at minimum wage level, those in this category wouldn’t have any means of being contributing citizens to society and they wouldn’t have the pride that having a job brings.
In response to Contributor Larry P. Johnson – Sighted or Blind, Allison wrote:
I agree. Humans are complex, and blindness is really only a tiny part of who we are. When I was younger, I would sometimes wonder if as a sighted person, I might have enjoyed a career that involved say, analyzing bacteria under a microscope, rather than the writing career I had decided on by high school graduation. As I matured, and took another required science course for college, I realized that even when doing activities that weren’t visual at all, I just didn’t feel a passion for science. It wasn’t where I felt I belonged. Blindness affects only the eyes, not your mind or your interests. If science was where I felt I belonged, my blindness would not have stopped me from pursuing a science career.