Library Needs Better Handicap Access

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Editor:

Now is the time for all good readers to come to the aid of their fellow readers.

The present law states that all handicapped people must be able to walk 100 feet from their special parking spots to enter a public building. At our truly wonderful library, that takes a reader into the foyer of that building only.

Our mayor, Barbara Brewer, was able to have two benches placed on the long walk. That stone is freezing cold in the winter and blistering hot in the summer with no arms to help in rising. Also, the community room has no handicapped parking.

The last time I attempted a trip to the library, I took my four-wheeled walker so that I could sit down if I needed to during my selection of books. I did. It has to be the last time I try to go. During the following night, I had leg cramps in both legs and feet from the hips down to my toes that lasted three hours, in spite of medication. (Medical diagnosis: Peripheral neuropathy.)

I have been an avid reader since I had my own library card and walked to our library alone from the time I was in the second grade. I feel discriminated against, now that I am in my late 80s and living in Arizona, after all those good years of reading.

I am pleading with all handicapped people to campaign against the library extension that is being planned unless a parking lot on the north side of that new extension is designed with an entry for handicapped people only, and that the signs be explicit that police patrol will enforce that restriction.

Those three special parking spots for the handicapped are completely unsatisfactory. They are usually full. There are many people who have friends and acquaintances who are handicapped who like to choose their own library materials. Won't you please help us to increase the library circulation numbers?

It's time for people to be more important than landscaping.

Virginia M. Fowler, Payson

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