Appalled in Seattle
"Appalled in Seattle" contacts Ragged Edge with this story:
I was reading the blog of our local left-leaning free weekly The Stranger this morning and was shocked to read a post from one of their staff political writers. Erica Barnett was actually calling for banning wheelchairs from bus routes because the extra time necessary to load them was causing her to be late to work.
The Stranger has earned a reputation as a fervent defender of progressive issues, particularly gay rights so it was a surprise and tremendous disappointment to see the posting. I didn't know where else to send this, but I hope you can start spreading the url and put some pressure on The Stranger.
"Should the Handicapped Be Banned From Express Buses?"
I followed the link and found this choice section, which pretty much gets to the heart of Barnett's snit:
I’m just putting this out there: Is it fair for one or two handicapped individuals’ right to public accomodation to trump the right of dozens or hundreds of others to have reliable transit service that gets them to work on time? Is it fair for two people in wheelchairs to make everyone else on the “express” bus late?
The tenor of this complaint is about the same as those of the Cato conservatives whose 1990s attacks against the ADA I wrote about in Make Them Go Away.
Conservatives, liberals, progressives, libertarians... makes no difference: they all yell that "they are hurting us." The same mantra, again and again: "make them go away," they say.
Not much to add to "Appalled in Seattle's" call to put pressure on Ms. Barnett. Readers, please have at it!!