One would never hear, either at the movies or on a TV sitcom, "You are acting just like a cripple" or, "What a cripple you are." Yet for some reason substituting the word "retard" for "cripple" has become a derogatory remark. The film "He Said, She Said," and the TV show "Roseanne" (ABC) come to mind as two recent offenders. I, for one, am deeply offended by these characterizations.
Dixie Mitchell, Irvine