|September 18, 2002|
Today I received an e-mail from a friend that is more active in political groups than I, urging me to write to you. I am a blind person who currently uses a cane. I had no idea that there was even any question still circulating in the minds of the government about the usefulness of the "bumpy strips" as I call them. The strips save lives. They are similar in importance to railroad crossing barriers. I doubt today that anyone would argue the usefulness of a railroad crossing barrier, this is just as important. I have come to expect the strips as a matter of course at MetroLink stops here in St. Louis, and I remember when they were installed in the subway platforms on the Rapid Transit system in Chicago. I was once distracted in a subway stop, jostled by some overactive teen-agers and nearly fell onto the electrified tracks in Chicago. The "bumpy strips" would have warned me where I was, instead of the kind grip of a person who saw I was off balance and in danger of falling. THE STRIPS SAVE LIVES.
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