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July 10, 2013

I am a disabled woman who lives only a mile for where the festivities and fireworks were on July 4th, but do to step transportation refusing to work holidays, or weekends I had to miss out on a fun......

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CitizenX

Jul-11-13 2:12 PM

and again, ran out of room with no warning....

Like my Mom used to say--"give some people an inch and they'll want a foot". Help in necessary situations and rather than a thank-you for the help, satisfying their every wish is expected and they have the gall to complain when it isn't!! WOW!! Some people!

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CitizenX

Jul-11-13 2:10 PM

How ridiculous! Step is heavily subsidized, so taxpayers are paying for the bulk of Step transportation. Having it available for necessities like dr appts and such is fine, but to actually have the gall to complain that we didn't pay to take her a mile to fireworks?? That's beyonf nerve! Surely if she is such a 'nice person', she must have lots of friends, neighbors, relatives, church members, etc that someone would have been willing to drive her 1 mile. And I know for fact that taxis ran on July 4th so if she wanted to go so badly, let her foot the WHOLE bill (of what--$3 or $4) to go to her recreation!

I am also disabled and a senior, but I would never complain if taxpayers were not forced to subsidize my recreational transportation! In fact, I have never used Step. I find some way to get myself where I want to go one way or another or I stay home and shut up! I know I am responsible for me, nobody else is, nor should they be expected to be particularly in a non-emergency

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aretesancus

Jul-10-13 2:59 PM

I don't know the letter writer. I don't know if she's a nice person. I don't know the extent of her disability or what her disability is. And I am not "disabled."

With all of that out of the way, it's unreasonable to suggest that being labeled "disabled" gives the letter writer a pass from some scrutiny here for her comments.

July 4 is a major holiday, not a natural disaster where if she needed to get to the hospital or to shelter, help would be a 911 call away. To be blunt, the annual fireworks display is not an event that requires attendance.

And this is not intended to be be cruel or insensitive, but simply because the writer is disabled, I will not assume that she is incapable to arrange some form of alternative transportation to view the fireworks.

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spike2

Jul-10-13 10:09 AM

I thought they did have shuttles from area within the city. A mile isn't to far. How about a short cab ride to the closest shuttle site. Even cab fare wouldn't be much for a 1 mile ride.

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VinceKnauff

Jul-10-13 9:44 AM

Vince, I have to beg to differ. I know Frances and she is a nice lady.

OK I accept your opinion. Her tone in the letter reminded me of a woman I knew a few years ago that prompted my first comment.

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wwhickok

Jul-10-13 9:08 AM

Well I'm sorry to hear that UB. Also, I can only speak for myself but I'm not attempting to bash anyone at all. Do I think there's a solution to this? Absolutely. Do I think it's mandatory that one be found? No, as stated initially these individuals who drive the Step Vans have families too. I understand they chose to get into this line of work but it's a bit unfair to them to have to forego their lives for others at all times.

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USABorn

Jul-10-13 8:49 AM

wwhickok - 6:17 AM

"USABorn, I do agree with you.

"but to be fair, I'm not disabled so, I speak from the "wrong side of the coin"."

That's OK ww, I spoke from the "right" side. I AM disabled!

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metalhead

Jul-10-13 8:38 AM

I'm "SURPRISED" at some of the comments here.Bashing a unfortunate disabled woman that you don't even know? You should be ashamed of yourselves!

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SteelerFan

Jul-10-13 8:29 AM

Vince, I have to beg to differ. I know Frances and she is a nice lady.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Jul-10-13 6:29 AM

If you wanted a ride on public transportation, you could have bought your own big box full of commercial size fireworks and then set them off. I am sure the "public servants" would have shown up then.

Then the question is whether STEP would show up to take you to your court date.

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wwhickok

Jul-10-13 6:17 AM

USABorn, I do agree with you. Perhaps a solution would be to make a 'small window of opportunity' for transportation during the afternoon and in the evening after the festivities?

That's just a thought, but at the same time, the entire city outside of the Fire Dept, Police Dept and Hospital shuts down on the 4th of July (and most holidays), so I can't really complain about Step being disabled, but to be fair, I'm not disabled so, I speak from the "wrong side of the coin".

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VinceKnauff

Jul-10-13 6:06 AM

I will bet that no other people were angered by this.

Some people are too self-centered to realize that the earth does not revolve around them. I'll bet that this woman is of the type that, no matter how much is done for her, she is never satisfied and always has something to carp about.

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Garben78

Jul-10-13 5:53 AM

Some people the nerve they have

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USABorn

Jul-10-13 1:01 AM

Sorry, that should have been, "Step drivers like to enjoy holidays and time with their families also."

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USABorn

Jul-10-13 12:58 AM

No family, friends or neighbors that drive?

Driving one of these vans is not a life and death job, such as a police officers, nurses, firemen, etc. Step drivers like to enjoy holdays and with their families also. Be thankful they are available to take you to doctor appts, hospitals for tests, stores/mall for shopping, etc.

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