[tabi] Re: Fw: Nova 2010

  • From: "Daniel Ben Moshe" <danielbenmoshe1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 18:26:30 -0400

well it's time to run her out of town on a rale.  make it happen

I'm glad to be your humble and obedient servant,

Zechenm  Elder Daniel Ben Moshe,
Benai Yahshuah Synagogue of Broward County,
Choose ye this day whom you will serve.  If Yahweh be Elohim.  Then serve
him, with all of your hart.  If bail be your master, then serve him.  As for
me and my house, we will serve Yahweh.
Maybe bail is asleep, or has taken a jerney.  I think you might want to try
and wake him.  Because my yahweh is already on the mountin top.  He will be
there when i arive. Because the earth is his, and the fullness there of. The
earth is his foot stole.    



From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Chip Orange
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 5:39 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: Fw: Nova 2010

Very Very good Darla!!!
All of it true of course.
What I was amazed at however, was her "we're not going to modify our system
for a few riders ..." attitude.  Someone needs to explain to her that A)
it's the law!  not a suggestion! and B), it benefits everyone when we do so
(those who are elderly, walking with aids, or simply not always looking at
every car all the time).  The examples of how beneficial curb-cuts for
wheel-chairs have turned out to be is just one example.
I could not believe she said anything like that; it's an attitude from 40
years ago.
Thanks for writing her.
You know, how is any person who can't drive for whatever reason supposed to
buy a house somewhere, based on it "being accessible to public transit", if
the city keeps changing and reducing the public transit areas served?  It's
literally a moving target.


Chip Orange
Database Administrator
Florida Public Service Commission

(850) 413-6314

 (Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not
necessarily reflect those of the Florida Public Service Commission.)



From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of djrogers0628
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 5:17 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Fw: Nova 2010
Importance: High

Here is what I wrote to Ms. Lightsey.  Wonder if she'll even respond.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: djrogers0628 <mailto:djrogers0628@xxxxxxxxxxx>  
To: debbie.lightsey@xxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 4:57 PM
Subject: Nova 2010

Dear Ms. Lightsey:
I have been back in Tallahassee nearly 3 years, and I lived here 1.5 years
in 2004-2005.  During these times, I have never known you to side with
disabled Tallahassee residents--especially the blind.
Due to circumstances beyond my control, I did not make it to last night's
City Commission meeting but know the people who spoke about the issues
regarding Nova 2010 did so eloquently, so I won't re-summarize what was said
by them.  I am speaking for myself and my husband who is also blind.
We have lived at 
2000 N. Meridian Rd.
for over 2 years.  We were told this area is very accessible to blind and
visually-impaired persons.  Nothing could be further from the truth.
Both my husband and I have used public transportation in a number of cities
to go to and from work and to recreate, run errands, visit friends, etc.
First there are no Audible Pedestrian Signals (APS) in this neighborhood, so
crossing Monroe at John Knox is a crap shoot, as it is very difficult to
hear the traffic patterns to let me or my husband know it is safe to cross.
We also cannot cross Meridian at Bradford or John Knox safely--we would need
to cross Meridian at Bradford Road to find the only sidewalks that are on
Meridian Road in our neighborhood.
Second, on our side of Meridian Road, there is virtually no sidewalk between
Bradford Road and John Knox.  I have talked to both the city and county
about this issue and have been told that it is a state highway and thus not
under the jurisdiction of either entity to make sidewalk improvements to
make it safe to navigate around the neighborhood.
In addition to there not being sidewalks on this side of Meridian Road,
there is an uncovered culvert for storm run-off;; this forces us to stand
and wait for traffic to clear on Meridian Road before we step out in the
street and run several feet to get around it and back up on the curb out of
Meridian Road.
As an educated woman, I believe you owe it to your constituents to learn
more about the issues on which you vote; you obviously, do not know anything
about the blindness community, or you would realize that being able to use
Star Metro effectively, would provide freedom we currently don't possess
because Dial-a-Ride reservations must be made 24 hours in advance, and it is
very difficult to make it on time if one has more than one appointment for
the day.  Taxi fare has gone up considerably, and neither of us is currently
employed.  Using Star Metro would allow for more spontaneous trips, though
the current Nova 2010 Plan does not give us any evening service.
I challenge you to leave your car at home--that would put less carbon
monoxide etc. into the air--and walk up to your bus stop and take Star Metro
to and from work for a week and ask Dial-a-Ride if you can become a
temporary rider to see what using that service is like.
Blind and visually impaired people do vote, and believe me, if there isn't
more willingness to really hear and understand our issues, we will encourage
all of our community and friends, coworkers and business associates to vote
with us.
We are not unaware of budget constraints, but, in the long run money would
be saved if blind and visually impaired people had safe ways to navigate the
city.  You know we are not lying about the unsafe pedestrian situation in
Tallahassee.  I know you saw the study done and saw the dismal rating
Tallahassee received.
So, in closing, I challenge you to "walk a mile in our shoes."   Only then
can you cast educated votes that really represent the blindness community.
There are many more people with disabilities--many invisible--who live here
and need to get about the city  using public transportation because they
cannot drive either.
Darla J. Rogers, B.A. Social Science; M.S. Rehabilitation Counselor
Home phone #:  850-329-7437
Cell #:  850-443-3571
Skype ID: wildflower0628
I suited up for the long walk back to myself...  
....Ani DiFranco

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