After reading the Friday Observer-Reporter editorial, “Trump after knucklehead vote,” I wanted to share a rather humorous experience I had recently while eating breakfast with some friends at a local diner....
On July 17, Natalie Reid Miller reported in the Observer-Reporter that the Marianna Outdoorsmen Association “completed a $150,000 Ten Mile Creek handicapped-accessible water trail project.” The intention of this project is wonderful. People with disabilities want and need more access to outdoor activities. We commend the goal of a ramp to a favorite fishing spot.
As people across the country celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Outdoorsmen Association has proven that even 25 years has not been enough time to grasp the concepts of this landmark legislation. One look at the newly paved ramp is enough to know that the 96-foot slope is much too steep to be reasonably safe for all people who might want to use it. The slope is, in fact, nearly twice as steep (on average) as the ADA requirement of a running slope of 1:12 (a 1-inch rise for every 12 inches of ramp run). The lack of level turning radius and the sharp turn at the bottom would also be serious challenges for many people using mobility devices.
The latest standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act provide explicit guidance on creating accessible outdoor recreation spaces. Visitors to the ribbon-cutting event can confirm that “everyone” can definitely not access that area.
While we acknowledge that creating a compliant slope at this location would be problematic, what exists now is not a safe and accessible community space for all. At least, the “Wheelchair Ramp” signs must be replaced by warnings about the steepness of the slope, and the parking spaces need to be corrected with new painted lines and access aisles.
While we understand that solutions for the slope will require greater, and potentially costly, remedies, marketing and reporting of this space as “accessible” is inaccurate.
That being said, we wish “tight lines!” to all anglers this summer, whether they fish standing in a creek or on a pier, or sitting in a boat, on a campstool, or in a wheelchair. Remember, as an unknown but wise fisherman once said, “Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught!”
Sninsky is the chief administrative officer of Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living.
I have three bones to pick with the Observer-Reporter due to several articles that appeared in last Friday’s edition.
1) As for disparaging the “Blondie” comic strip in an editorial on the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, it is no worse or better than any other comic strip, and it’s a classic. I happen to find it amusing.
2) Regarding former Washington County Judge Paul Pozonsky and the sentence he received for stealing drug evidence, it’s nice to have friends who are well connected to help you out in a difficult situation.
3) And regarding the Associated Press story on the peanut company executive who was sentenced to life in prison for selling salmonella-tainted food, there was a case in China, as I remember it, where a guy was executed for selling tainted baby formula.
I would not go quite that far, but at least my old man taught me well. He said, “Son, if you’re going to steal, make sure you steal enough to buy your way back out of it.”
Gary L. DeMoss
There are several people in my neighborhood who are concerned about the condition of the streets.
I walk up to Buttonwood Avenue every day when possible and it sure is full of potholes and loose gravel. It is not safe for young people or old people to walk on. There is a truck that comes by two or three times during the year to patch holes. I don’t know how much each of these trips cost, but I think it would be better if they were done once, the right way.
If they make one trip down here per year and fix one section, I would be happy and I’m sure a lot of other people would be, including people who drive on it every day.
Why can’t the government use its head and money to better serve the public?
While all of us sit back and watch and listen to the candidates for the Republicans’ 2016 presidential nomination run their mouths about who is the best and who is the worst for their party, we should try to look below the surface of the pretentious and pompous attitudes of those who are condemning Donald Trump.
Many of us have noticed or felt that we weren’t getting what we are paying for in our government. Trump has given a voice to those feelings. I’m absolutely sure that those of us who have lived long enough remember when we were a world leader in productivity, public education, health care and border security. Our elected officials focused on the very basic responsibility of working for the people who put them in office, and were paying their outrageous salaries, health care and retirement benefits. These people in Congress have become the royal class of welfare recipients. We are giving them what they want without question, and they are only taking care of themselves.
We are the greatest country in the history of civilization, but we have no right to condemn a self-made man who has the means to stand on the same stage as politicians and call them out for their incompetence and dysfunction. This is the point Trump is making.
Sure, he may come off sounding rather brash, but isn’t it about time someone called these politicians out? Not one of these politicians are talking how they can improve anything. We should all applaud Trump for taking a few swings at our henhouse of politicians. Those people are worried that if Trump advances, he will expose what we have all silently suspected.
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