Good point. Apologies to any I might have offended. I was not thinking when I wrote what I wrote.
On 8/5/2013 3:53 PM, Lynn Evans wrote:
Hello all:Using the word “retargeted” in this day and time is like using the “N word” Both are highly offensive to specific groups of people. So in expressing your outrage at Roberts situation please choose your words wisely. The people making disparaging comments are a far cry from bing intellectually challenged. They are quite aware of what they are writing and their goal is to provoke a response and not to move the dialog along in any positive way. The White Cane Law is what it is. The blind community needs to promote the awareness of the law. Unfortunately the only time the law is brought to the public’s attention is the White Cane Day in October and whenever a blind person gets knocked down or run over by a vehicle. Anyone care to picket the intersection at Village Square for an hour or more. I don’t care to do it all by myself. If you let me know the date and time I can meet you there. After all there is safety in numbers.*From:* Governor Staten <mailto:govsta@xxxxxxxxx> *Sent:* Monday, August 05, 2013 1:02 PM *To:* tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> *Subject:* [tabi] Re: Fw: comments posted on wctv site ref my accidentThese guys are obviously retarded in some fundamental way. They must think that the disabled are somehow not human, or without intellect. Incredible!!On 8/5/2013 11:40 AM, Easy Talk wrote:----- Original Message ----- *From:* Easy Talk <mailto:Easytalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> *To:* tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> *Sent:* Monday, August 05, 2013 11:31 AM *Subject:* Fw: comments posted on wctv site ref my accident ----- Original Message ----- *From:* Easy Talk <mailto:Easytalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> *To:* fcb-l@xxxxxxx <mailto:fcb-l@xxxxxxx> *Sent:* Monday, August 05, 2013 7:28 AM *Subject:* comments posted on wctv site ref my accidentThought I would post the comments to save you all the trouble of finding them your self since the site isn't all that friendly.PandCreturnsJust another agenda just like the bicyclisyts who want to own the roadways. Why is it that when just one person has a problem or an issue, the whole world has to change their ways to accommodate them? The white cane law is stupid and dangerous. Traffic flowing smoothly suddenly having to stop at a green light because someone raisesa white cane and just walks in to the road is ridiculous! Blink Blogger I'm Robert's sister, and it's pretty disheartening to see the ignorance and lack of understanding displayed in so many comments ofpresumably perfectly sighted individuals! Being blind myself and using a white cane instead of a guide dog, I've also had two potentially life threatening experiences when crossing at the intersection of Crawfordville Highway and Capital Circle because of drivers who didn't even slow down when making a rightturn on red, much less come to a full stop or "yield the right-of-way" (including a dump truck). So I wonder just how many of us will have to be seriously injured or even killed before SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING about the obvious danger for visually impaired pedestrians! Despite being forced to accept a certain level of dependenceas the result of our blindness, it seems that doing our utmost to maintain as much independence as possible when it comes to simply going to the grocerystore and performing other necessarydaily activities would be an admirable trait, rather than a matter of such ridicule or idiotic commentary. Instead, why doesn't a blind man being nearly killed through no fault of his own and because (as the driver himself told the police officer) a driver didn't see him (even though he was crossing the street in plain view) get the attention of those who have the ability to make changes that could literally save someone else from a worse outcome than what happenedto my brother yesterday? And since bothRobert and my sister-in-law have previously been hit by cars at the same intersection, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the odds of their continuedsafe crossing there are not good. So I'll conclude with a few constructive suggestions for ourstate and/or local law makers to consider. First, is the convenience of drivers being able to make a right turn on red worth more than the potential loss oflife or serious bodily harm it poses to all pedestrians, and even moreparticularly to those who are blind, elderly and otherwise disabled? I don't think so. And if even our police officers aren't aware of the White Cane Law, along with every driver the reporter asked about it yesterday, we desperately need some kind of public service announcements to better inform the public and alert them to the need to be on the lookout for blind and otherwise disabled pedestrians.Additionally, since NONE of the drivers questioned yesterday (includingmultiple police personnel) were even aware that Florida law requires them to come to a full stop AND TO YIELD THE RIGHT-OF-WAY whenever a blind pedestrian utilizing a guide dog or white cane is crossing the street (even though that's clearly stated in the current Florida Driver Handbook in Sections 5.16.3 and 5.16.4), the White Cane Law is obviously given woefully insufficient attention when driverstake the required test to obtain a Florida driver's license. And since my brother literally had to fight for the truck driver to be given a ticket,perhaps much more serious penalties and fines should be imposed and mandatory whenever any driver fails to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians as requiredby the White Cane Law. Finally, since the truck driver admitted that he never even saw my brother, I can't help wondering if he was texting or reading a text message at the time of theincident since I'm not aware of anything that would have obstructed his view. However, I am personally aware of several serious auto accidents caused by a driver's texting, so perhaps it's time to require that the cell phone records of all drivers involved in accidents be examined to determine if they were texting and to impose very heavy mandatory fines and penalties if that's the case. After all, NOTHING ever sent or received in a text message is worth the potential serious bodilyharm or death of another person just because a driver isn't paying proper attention while driving! Steve MontgomeryAs you can see from the post history below that there are most people that support what you're saying, and feel bad for what nearly happened to your brother. They support your view and what you're trying to do. Two avenues for you to consider are the news stations and the state. If it's important enough to you then you should pursue it. More laws aren't the answer. Awareness and education can probably do a lot a more.Most good people will respond favorably to that.Sadly, there will always be those who hide behind keyboards and post their vitriol. Don't let them deter or draw you into the back and forth. That's the only way they win. They'll never admit to you that their life essentially sucks. You can safely assume they have self-esteem issues. They're nothing more than internet cowards.It's why you see them hide their names and post the things they do. The IdiotHold on a minute, how did this guy know it was a truck, how did he even know he was almost ran over if he's blind. Im calling BS on this, do we have video from the traffic cams or something. Now all of a sudden this guy can tell what kind of vehicle almosthit him. BS Mrs Moore He could probably hear it. xzx Are you deaf? The IdiotLittle hard of hearing from working around heavy machinery, but not enough to claim a disability or get one of those cool talk to text phones. I just see this as more of an agenda piece than an actual story, but to add that the blind guy said a truck "almost" hit him, hmmmm, could have been a hoopty with a ragged muffler. I mean, did the person passing him, the one that "almost" hit him scream out " I'm drivinga truck!"? Did someone tell him that he almost got ran over by a truck. xzxYou need to get 'em checked -- I can tell between 4 and 18 wheels literally a half mile distant -- and up close can discern 10, not to mention load condition...No telling what a guy blind from birth can do. The IdiotOh I agree with the semi part, I could hear the low rumble from a concrete truck from 3 miles out, makes my back hurt just thinking about it, but the truck part,just kinda fishy budabbottI know this guy. See him at least two or three times a week. He goes by the law and never goes over half mile from the house just to get food. I saw a comment from a guy named the idiot which he is and hope you go through the same thing you asshole.The IdiotOh , guess who didn't see the post? The one that matters most, the seeing eye dog.WTH, are you going to run oft and tell him I posted this? The IdiotSheesh, I have a feeling you couldn't fit a toothpick up your bunghole with a sledge hammer, oh , btw, i'm reporting you for calling me names, you hurt my feelings, mymommas crazy and I'm not afraid to tell on you. AnonSeems like it would be common sense to stop if a blind person, or anyone for thatmatter, is in the road! Why is a law needed?! BeeMooreCarefulQuick question: this happened a while ago but I want to know the answer just in case I see it again. Does anyone know who you report seeing eye dog abuse too? I was driving down john Knox and this lady had a seeing eye dog. Well traffic was coming so the dog didn't go in the street. The woman was yanking on the dog, cussing at it and telling it to go. The dog was scared and had his tail between his legs. I think she might have even hit the dog. How do you report someone for seeing eye dog abuse when clearly they need the dog? Do you call the cops or the animal cops? And if they takethe dog away...won't she get another? Mrs MooreAwww that's terrible!! Maybe stop and ask her if she'd rather get ran over...idkthat's a tough one :( PhineasPhreak I'd have stopped and asked just what the hell she was doing. BeeMooreCarefulWish I would have but I was in shock I guess. The dog didn't want her to get hitby a car lowerright I think you're supposed to report animal abuse to Animal Control. BeeMooreCarefulWon't they give her another dog? What if she does the same thing again. There hasto be some sort of rules. lowerrightI don't know. I honestly never even thought about this before! I always imagined this loving relationship between person and dog. I never even imagined that blind people were abusing their seeing-eye dogs. Actually the whole story made me hatehumanity even more than I already did! The IdiotLets sneak up and swap dogs on her, give her one that chases cars, hahahahaFredSmithIVThis comment almost makes up for the callous remarks you made above. This one made me smile. The ones above are just kinda cold. If the story is a slight embellishment of the truth, it doesn't really matter, especially if it makes at least one personstop and think. I really do like you switching dogs idea, though! :) BeeMooreCarefulMaybe you can give her a cat....tell her it's the new thing. Or a seeing eye lizard...The Idiot Seeing eye fish BeeMooreCareful Seeing eye tadpole? The Idiot seeing eye soap on a rope The Idiot give her a box with a furby in it and a rope to pull it BeeMooreCareful Or a dead possum....just as effective. The IdiotSome people need to be hit, if she was blind you could have done it and she wouldntbe able to identify you :) NotaNewbie Terrible. But I have to admit I laughed :) The IdiotHumor is such a fleeting thing, not everyone gets my twisted tang, you must havebeen abducted by aliens also, usually thats the only ones that get it. BeeMooreCarefulImpossible Idiot. I have watched many documentaries and black people don't get abducted by aliens, aliens don't even go to the hood. Last time an alien went to the hood, ET got shot in a driveby and his spaceship got stolen. A few days later the spaceshipwas spotted with rims on it..blasting the new Jay Z album The Idiot Next time watch where you're going blindy Mc blind guy. :) Steve Montgomery Change your nic to "a**hole". "The Idiot" doesn't serve you well enough. The Idiothey relax Steve, not like blindy can read this, thanks for sticking up for him on the forum, I just hope you dont trick this guy into thinking youre his girlfriend.Steve MontgomeryHow crappy your life must be that you need to behave this way on a news forum. Keyboardcommando = coward. Good for you. Moving on.... The IdiotWhat? Guess you feel better picking on me hurting my feelings on the forum, I guess none of your friends ever mess with you about any of your non perfect attributes, I've got friends with no legs and missing digits and have no qualms asking for a high 4 or making cheaper sock jokes, one pair last twice as long. Ok if this will make you feel better, I'll apologize to your pal, ... .... .. .... .... .... ...... . ... . Will you be my fren now? NotaNewbie What an awesome doggie! thesheepwillalwaysfollow Good puppy! Well trained and well worth the investment.Can anyone tell the difference between a person walking his dog or a seeing eye dog doing their job? I know about the white cane law, but to be able to tell the differencebetween a seeing eye dog and a dog walking is nearly impossible. Maybe if the guy had the cane, it would have been different. SpankyA person just walking his dog will usually just use a leash. Seeing eye dogs willtypically be on a U shaped harness. PhineasPhreak Atta boy Sherman! Good dog! Glad you're all OK.As to the White Cane Law, I don't know how anyone can expect 30 tons of truck to come to a halt in time to prevent tragedy. Kinda like really expecting a six-laneintersection to become a four-way stop during a power-failure. jcrawsonNot only do I know how, but I expect it too. How about people driving vehicles have some situational awareness for walkers, joggers, canes, doggies, no power, bicyclists, etc.? Secondly, don't drive at an excessive rate of speed, you're breaking the law if you do (remember the speed limit is max authorized speed in perfect conditions). Third, be in control of your vehicle (if you can't stop in time, you weren't). Howhard is that? Steve MontgomeryIt's not an unrealistic expectation. This pedestrian didn't just jump out into the intersection expecting everyone to come to a quick stop. The solution is really very simple: EVERYONE needs to slow down, pay attention, be responsible, and be courteous.It really is not that hard. Gretchen WashingtonWalking around in ritchie rich repubic-an side of town you will hit, they all talkon cell phone and there fancy cars. FredSmithIVSeriously... how sad and pathetic is your life? I suppose you have a point, in a way, though. A person is probably more likely to get hit by a "fancy car" in that area versus a hoopty on the South side. The distraction by being on a cell phone is probably about equal, if not a bit more so on the South side with justifications I won't go into. However, you neglected to mention the much higher likelihood ofone being gunned down in a drive-by on the South side and in the hoods... JasonJealous much? How about "justification for education" these so called "rich" people are not all republicans. They are all from different political backgrounds, race and religions. They have educated themselves so they may get the high paying jobsand afford the nice cars on the nice side of town. jcrawsonThe good news is they generally have money and a decent amount of car insurance so you -- or your family -- are gonna get paid. Better than what I can say for the otherside of town. GeniusOneAww you are just mad because they are functionally literate and you are not.PhineasPhreakNot likely she's aware of that. She's not aware of much, it appears. It's so bad,it may be an act. xzx Just possibly an act. Remember tony? "Steeling jobs"? Same same. 58 comments