Very well put. It's a sad situation to behold, but we allowed ourselves to settle for promises, and the hope that things would get better. Here are some of my thoughts on the matter. We as a community constantly allow the issues to get out in front of us. In other words many of these so called leaders come to us, when many of the issues have already been decided. They just hold these meetings, to inform us as to what they have already decided long ago. We have got to find a way to get out in front of issues that are important to us, because if we don't. We are going to wake up one day, only tio find that much, or all of our rights are gone. Mutch of this is already happening while they placate us to no ends, while setting up trips to woshington DC., and allowing us to be around during ledgeslatave day at the capatil, and other events like that. Many of our leaders go to these gatherings, thinking that they are doing the coumunity good, but what they are allowing themselves to become, is stool pidgens, mutch like the uden rat during the holost arrer. I think it's time to re think how we do things as a coumunity. For example, if we know that sertint businesses treat blind people wrong. We shouldn't be going and giving our hard erned money to them. If these city and county governments will not hear our voices, and have a respect for us as a group, we need to think about running our own people to represent us. And finally we need to look at groups like the nfb, acb, or what ever organization that is supposed to represent us to the fullest, and think about putting in people who will do the job that we as a coumunity needs to be done. For to long we have sat down and waited for others to do for us, it's time for us to do for ourselves. Again I am calling on you college students, and like minded Blind people to stand up, and to say enough, and to come and lets put our heads together, and re think how we do things. We have tried this stuff the nice way, and what has it gotten us? It's gotten us a 95 percent unployment rate, and the bus to the mall, in the end will run one day a week, and in the suthern part of the state, they are being allowed to discriminate in a huge way in housing, transportation, and other arias. Come on my people, we are moving backwords, and not forwards. We have lost ground as a coumunity, and not gainedd. We have got to react, to a changing wourld, that does not have us as a coumunity in mind. Wake up and smell the coffee, and lets do something, while we still can. I would suggest a very noted Blind person to think this stuff through, and lets start getting people together from all over to redetermen our futures, in not only this state, but this country. -----Original Message----- From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of ericamccaul@xxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2010 12:50 AM To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [tabi] Re: Quick notice The point about StarMetro's view-- hideously ironic as it is, given their business-- that people without cars are second-class citizens, not to be afforded the same consideration and services as their independently mobile counterparts, has already been fleshed out quite eloquently. Therefore, let me move on to the idea of "starting with" service to the mall on Saturdays.YES-- reread it if necessary-- Kevin JUST said Saturdays. You assume that starting down this path will lead somewhere positive... Let me tell you what will happen to that "foot in the door": IT WILL BE SLAMMED ON! Have we learned NOTHING when comparing StarMetro's early promises (from "Listening Sessions" held September through November) to their current proposed route structure?? A la: 1) The promise of "No headway greater than 30 minutes!" has now degraded to 45 minutes on some runs. 2) The glittering, seamless tapestry of "only very minor differences" between weekday service and night/weekend service has completely unraveled. In October, the proposal called for small omissions on nights/weekends-- just eliminating the office complex loops of some runs. As of the latest version, WHOLE ROUTES have been cut out. Doesn't this seem VERY CLOSE to the service we NOW HAVE??? OH, WAIT, NO! The service we NOW have affords us the safety, security, and assistance of transferring at a sheltered, accessible, auto-free, manned facility!! 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