[tabi] Re: Community Transport Budget Woes Strand Disabled Residents

  • From: "Lynn Evans" <evans-lynn@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 16:15:41 -0400

I am behind on reading my email but I just clicked on the link below and got 
the site. 

go figure?
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Barbara Lineberry 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 12:03 AM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: Community Transport Budget Woes Strand Disabled Residents


  Sorry, I meant to write Lynn only.  But maybe Robert had the jist of it in 
his post.

  Barbara
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Barbara Lineberry 
    To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2009 11:48 PM
    Subject: [tabi] Re: Community Transport Budget Woes Strand Disabled 
Residents


    Lynn,

    I get a message that the address you gave is not valid.

    Barbara
      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Lynn Evans 
      To: TABI@xxxxxxxxxx ; tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
      Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 9:19 PM
      Subject: [tabi] Community Transport Budget Woes Strand Disabled Residents


                  Found on WCTV site with video: 
                  http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/44917547.html#


                  Community Transport Budget Woes Strand Disabled Residents 
                    
           
                  Posted: 5:50 PM May 13, 2009
                  Last Updated: 6:16 PM May 13, 2009
                  Reporter: Lauren Searcy
                  Email Address: Lauren.Searcy@xxxxxxx

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                  "I can take a walk to the store but can you see me walking 
down 27, no sidewalks, no safe area but the grass and the ditch and it's that 
way all over the county, these people would have to walk to town in their wheel 
chairs, walkers, canes, in the heat, in the rain," said Hadassah VaShem who is 
legally blind.

                  One of those people who is now affected is Dorothy Martin. 
She used to run errands with the Dial-A-Ride program, but now she has her 
prescriptions mailed in, never gets to church and only visits with friends who 
come to see her. 

                  " I have no lifestyle, no life at all. I have relatives on 
the road that will not take me anywhere lots of times, and I depend on the 
transit system," said Dorothy Martin, who is completely blind in both eyes. 

                  But the system that helps elderly and disabled folks recently 
hit a financial setback and had to prioritize trips. 

                  "Since the budget is tight right now, that's something the 
board decided to do to ensure that those who had medical trips and other types 
of much needed trips can still be done for the community," said Ronald 
Garrison, Star Metro Director. 

                  Dorothy and Hadassah understand state funding isn't there. 
But they're afraid the program will be cut all together if members of the 
community don't step up to the plate. 

                  "If it doesn't personally affect them, they don't care. If 
it's not their grandmother that's sick, if it's not their aunt, or uncle that's 
being directly affected they don't care," added VaShem
                 
           

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