Pugnacious Sen. Lee

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Sen. Mike Lee's first major legislative achievement has been to defeat a treaty that would protect disabled Americans traveling or living abroad ("Hatch, Lee praise U.N. treaty rejection," Tribune, Dec. 5).

The senator's defense in getting the Senate to reject a United Nations treaty on the rights of disabled people was that the treaty's specific wording might threaten parental authority is obtuse and more suitable for a cunning law student, not a statesman.

Lee's pugnacious obstruction is obnoxious.

I hope disabled Americans abroad who are injured or worse remember that their plight was aggravated by that young man from Utah with the big suit and the Ernie Douglas haircut.

Ken Shaw

Salt Lake City