The blind deserve and earn respect I was disappointed that the Division of Blind Services lost the state contract to run the food concession stands in state office buildings a few years back. I used to savor the moment of buying a newspaper and enjoying a Coke on the honor system at the state Blind Services delis. It was a special luxury to do business with the blind at the Koger Center and in the R.A. Gray Building. My German grandfather was 99-percent deaf and yet he was a very smart man of many talents. He was fortunate to attend Heidelberg University in a program for the deaf and developed a mastery of playing the organ and was a master gardener. When he was 84, he went back to college to study hydraulics, a lifelong ambition come true. Once on Park Avenue here while I was waiting for a bus, a blind man at the bus stop told me that the blind are subject to abuse much like elder abuse. Another blind man once told me of the difficulty with an American public that assumes everyone is sighted. And has a car. With more premature births comes a deaf and blind condition that may mean the number of deaf or blind babies in the population is increasing. We need to respect the blind. MARJORIE L. WRIGHT Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI to unsubscribe send a message, containing a subject line of the word unsubscribe, to tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.