[tabi] Re: from today's Democrat: article on Dial-a-Ride

  • From: "Armington, Mycell" <Mycell.Armington@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 14:28:32 -0500

Hi Chip,
        I'm a member of TCB and we've all been kind of working together
on these issues for a long time; Robert, Sila, William, Sally and many
others who if I leave your names off my list will not be offended,
please. Like I said, it's the same stuff just a different thing to try
and limit all of us from becoming all we can possibly be, or do all we
can possibly do. I would love to get in touch with someone directly
involved with team Tallahassee. Could I prevail on you to send me some
names and numbers to my direct e-mail either at home or work. All are
confidential as the note at the bottom of the communication states.

Thanks so much. And Kudos also go to the reporter and photographer. Both
very kind souls.

Warm regards,

Mycell Armington (Cellie)

 






Mycell Armington
Contact Representative 
DO 659
Social Security Administration
2002 Old St. Augustine Rd Suite B-12
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 942-9514 x 3012
Mycell.Armington@xxxxxxx

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-----Original Message-----
From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Chip Orange
Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 3:08 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: from today's Democrat: article on Dial-a-Ride

Mycell,

thanks for the priority list; this makes things even clear for me. 


As I've mentioned before, the organization TEAM has asked me,
unofficially, if there's anything they could do to help, since
transportation for those who can't afford it or can't drive, is one of
their main priorities.  you can contact them through their web site at:

http://www.teamtally.org

I can't speak for TCB; they may be interested in working with you.


Chip




------------------------------

Chip Orange
Database Administrator
Florida Public Service Commission

Chip.Orange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
(850) 413-6314

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

> -----Original Message-----
> From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Armington, Mycell
> Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 2:24 PM
> To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [tabi] Re: from today's Democrat: article on Dial-a-Ride
> 
> Hi Chip and all,
>       The priority list is as shown below:
> 
> 1.  Medical
> 2.  work--educational (these are equally valued) 3.  Life 
> sustaining--recreational (this is where grocery store or drug store 
> trips would be valued or placed.
> 4. Social. (this is where church, or organizational meetings or dinner

> out are placed. My big concern here is a basic right of freedom of 
> religion is being taken away or hampered; because of lack of 
> transportation for one thing, then, if one is in a leadership role in 
> one's congregation than where does the a vocational roles get placed 
> in the prioritization of trips because that's certainly more than 
> social or recreational. As stated in the article it helps one to 
> sustain spiritual and mental health. The other additional thought here

> is, what if a person doesn't cook and eats all their meals out, does 
> this eating out adventure become social or life sustaining. If we're 
> not careful than it may become a medical issue because if one doesn't 
> eat than one will starve and it then becomes a medical issue and one 
> gets bumped up to the highest priority.
> 
> All humor aside and back to reality, this is a mess and I've pledged 
> to do all I can to bring dignity back to those who need dignity most 
> of all. The most vulnerable of our society. It does require unity 
> though and we must work together. Do I have anyone out there to work 
> with me?
> 
> Warm regards,
> 
> Mycell Armington (Cellie)
> 
> Mycell Armington
> Contact Representative
> DO 659
> Social Security Administration
> 2002 Old St. Augustine Rd Suite B-12
> Tallahassee, FL 32301
> (850) 942-9514 x 3012
> Mycell.Armington@xxxxxxx
> 
> Social Security Benefits America
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
> Behalf Of Chip Orange
> Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 1:41 PM
> To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [tabi] Re: from today's Democrat: article on Dial-a-Ride
> 
> Allison of course is the one who found this article in the Democrat, 
> but she said it's almost an entire page, and the many pictures are 
> great; she said if anything at all can change the way things are, this

> article should do it!
> 
> Also, I never remember hearing that going to the grocery store was a 
> priority class before today; has that always been the case, that they 
> would give priority to the grocery store over recreational trips??? Or

> is this a very recent change, made for it's PR value???
> 
> thanks.
> 
> Chip
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Chip Orange
> Database Administrator
> Florida Public Service Commission
> 
> Chip.Orange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> (850) 413-6314
> 
>  (Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not 
> necessarily reflect those of the Florida Public Service Commission.)
>  
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Armington, Mycell
> > Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 1:17 PM
> > To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > Subject: [tabi] Re: from today's Democrat: article on Dial-a-Ride
> > 
> > Thank you MR. A. I just want things to get better for us all!
> > Warm regards,
> > 
> > Mycell Armington (Cellie)
> >  
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Mycell Armington
> > Contact Representative
> > DO 659
> > Social Security Administration
> > 2002 Old St. Augustine Rd Suite B-12 Tallahassee, FL 32301
> > (850) 942-9514 x 3012
> > Mycell.Armington@xxxxxxx
> > 
> > Social Security Benefits America
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> > 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
> > Behalf Of Charles Atkins
> > Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 12:40 PM
> > To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > Subject: [tabi] Re: from today's Democrat: article on Dial-a-Ride
> > 
> > Ms. Mycell!
> > 
> > Ms. I applaud you,
> > 
> > your courage and,
> > 
> > your leadership!
> > 
> > Charles Atkins
> > 
> > 
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> > To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 8:19 AM
> > Subject: [tabi] from today's Democrat: article on Dial-a-Ride
> > 
> > 
> > > June 8, 2009
> > > Some Dial-A-Ride users left waiting With a funding decrease, 
> > > service has had to prioritize
> rides By Doug
> 
> > > Blackburn DEMOCRAT SENIOR WRITER Mycell Armington leads a
> busy life.
> > > She works at the Social Security Administration as a contact 
> > > representative, a job she's held for the past 31 years. She's a 
> > > worship leader in her
> > church,
> > > and
> > > in her
> > > spare time she visits correctional facilities to preach
> to inmates.
> > > But Armington is finding Leon County considerably more
> difficult to
> > > navigate in the past two months.
> > > Armington, who is legally blind, lives just north of the
> > city limits.
> > She
> > > relies
> > > on Dial-A-Ride's community transportation program for
> almost all of
> > her
> > > trips.
> > > But due to a decrease in state funding - compounded by an
> > increase in
> > > ridership -
> > > Dial-A-Ride has been forced for the first time to institute
> > a priority
> > > system for
> > > providing rides. Medical trips are the No. 1 priority,
> followed by
> > > employment-education and grocery shopping.
> > > "It's gotten much worse," Armington said. "It's totally
> > bumped people
> > off
> > > of
> > > any
> > > going to church. It's considered a social activity, instead of
> > spiritual
> > > or
> > > mental-health
> > > enrichment.
> > > "It's taken away my freedoms," she added. "It's a major issue."
> > > Armington isn't the only one who's struggling to cope
> with the new
> > > priority system at Dial-A-Ride, which she has taken to calling 
> > > "Dial-A-Wait." The
> > priority
> > > system
> > > went into effect at the end of March.
> > > Dorothy Martin, who lives just east of the city limits, is
> > frustrated
> > that
> > > she can
> > > no longer get rides for classes at the Senior Center.
> > > "I can't even go to the grocery store when I want to now," Martin
> > said. "I
> > > don't
> > > have a life now that they've cut the service back so much. 
> > I can't go
> > > anywhere anymore."
> > > Ronald Garrison, executive director at StarMetro, said he
> empathizes
> > with
> > > riders
> > > who consider the new priority system an inconvenience. Almost all 
> > > recreational trips have been eliminated, he said, because of the 
> > > decrease in
> > funding from
> > the
> > > Commission
> > > for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD), the state
> agency housed
> > within
> > > the Department
> > > of Transportation.
> > > "People need to be talking to their legislators to look
> at different
> > ways
> > > to
> > > provide
> > > the funding," Garrison said.
> > > Leon County's CTD funding for the current fiscal year was
> > decreased by
> > 
> > > about
> > > $19,000,
> > > from $446,373 to $427,768, according to Donna Peacock,
> StarMetro's
> > > superintendent of paratransit operations.
> > > Meanwhile, ridership is up significantly. For the first six
> > months of
> > the
> > > fiscal
> > > year, which started Oct. 1, there were 109,836 riders, compared to
> > 96,329
> > > the previous
> > > year, Peacock said. This includes the bus-pass program.
> > > "We've run this (paratransit) program five years, and never
> > had to put
> > a
> > > priority
> > > policy in place," Peacock said. "It's sort of come to a head now.
> > > "Some of that may be due to the economy and more folks needing 
> > > transportation. I don't know what else to do. If there's
> no money,
> > > there's no money."
> > > Bobby Jerningan, executive director of CDT, the state agency,
> > acknowledges
> > > that the
> > > "system is spread a little thin right now."
> > > "We've had to dial back on our expenditures for next
> year," Jernigan
> > said.
> > > "It is
> > > a hardship on those individuals who have grown to depend on this 
> > > transportation service.
> > > It's a major deal."
> > > It's certainly a major deal for Armington, Martin and others.
> > Armington
> > > said
> > > she
> > > can't afford to pay $35 to $40 for a cab, when Dial-A-Ride
> > costs her
> > > $2.50.
> > > "I lead a very active and normal life and I intend to do
> so for the
> > rest
> > > of
> > > my life,"
> > > Armington said. "But this has made it really difficult.
> > > "I'm also afraid of speaking out, because I may be a
> candidate for
> > > retaliation."
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