Well, it's probably pretty obvious if you haven't already seen any of my recent commentary that I'm struggling to forgive the State over its Olmstead stonewalling, etc. and the State has recently made some good faith overtures. Forgiveness is a process. Goodness knows I make plenty of mistakes of my own on a regular basis, that is daily, hourly basis. AND I'm quick to acknowledge that human mistakes are beyond misplacing one's pencil. I try to be a fairly tolerate person in my own way. Of course, the thing about "tolerance" is that it ironically implies massive amounts of "judgment." You have to know where to draw those lines. We're constantly hearing that forgiveness is good for us. On the other hand, we may think gee I don't see a lot of that going on for poor people with mental illness stuck in the criminal justice system. Of course, I learned a long time ago that forgiveness and/or "Restorative Justice" has to include a lot more than bringing the parties together and the person that committed the crime or the Defendant saying he or she is sorry. In the criminal justice context, it often requires housing and massive amounts of services which is at least in some measure being addressed by the bill coming out of the Legislative Oversight Committee. With respect to Colorado's Olmstead Betrayal and that's all I can really call it, that needs to be addressed through legislation for On-Going Comprehensive Olmstead Planning that will span Administrations.
[William Blake (1757 – 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. (Wikipedia)]
I chose the William Blake quote above because there are people with the State like Gretchen Hammer & Patrick Fox that I personally like a lot. I don't know Gretchen as well as Patrick, but I know Patrick fairly well. I probably should have chosen a quote from the Enlightenment because Patrick thinks he's a pretty enlightened guy.
It's just he is NOT as enlightened as he thinks he is when it comes to Disability Law AND that has really caused a lot of unnecessary pain from my perspective.
So I am wanting to move forward AND we have to get really clear that OLMSTEAD AND the ADA are NOT OPTIONS that we just check in on when it's convenient that they are LEGAL DUTIES the STATE is COMMITTED TO EVEN WHEN WORKING on OTHER STATE AGENDA ITEMs.