Politicalization in the Leader? I congratulate the authors of two fascinating essays in the September 2017 issue: Nicole Archambault Besson (“Climbing Out of Limbic”) and Ken Anderson (“War of Slurs”). However, I have some concern as to whether the Leader is heading toward politicization. Each cited article suggests a direct positive correlation between the ... Inbox
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Politicalization in the Leader?
The ASHA Leader, November 2017, Vol. 22, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.22112017.4
The ASHA Leader, November 2017, Vol. 22, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.22112017.4
I congratulate the authors of two fascinating essays in the September 2017 issue: Nicole Archambault Besson (“Climbing Out of Limbic”) and Ken Anderson (“War of Slurs”). However, I have some concern as to whether the Leader is heading toward politicization.
Each cited article suggests a direct positive correlation between the 2016 presidential election and specific human behavior. For example: Archambault Besson cites “… a divisive political climate … has spurred a new breed of worries and bullies,” while concurrently Anderson in a more explosive edict proclaims, “the weeks following the January presidential inauguration proved among the more intense I’ve ever experienced.” He implies that the “N,” “F,” and “B” words heard from his students were “the pinnacle of a tumultuous campaign season.”
I believe that two interesting articles were jaundiced by politicalization. For a profession that prides itself on scientific, evidence-based clinical management and research, their literature should be free of political posturing and non sequiturs.
Robert J. Ferullo, Boston

Thank you for your perspective. In commenting on a charged political climate, however, these authors are not taking a partisan stand on any issue or political party.

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