Wednesday, November 09, 2005

The New Guy In Town

S C O O P ! ! !

There is a new rag in Cambridge and it is a daily! Already it is making the news! (Pun intended!) Since the usual suspects either don't publish daily, or ignor news fit for persons of all abilities, the Cambridge Day scores a scoop almost every day.

So, do I need to worry? Will this upstart threaten my nitch blog? After all, why read the news on my blog when you can read it daily in the Cambridge Day? So far, so good, they are covering all sorts of interesting stuff; ie, the peoples news. We will have to see if they can carry on.

Since they are not on line, you may wish to write to them for a copy of their stories of interest, Cambridge Day, 1 Orchard St. No 1, Cambridge MA, 02140, or e-mail Marc Levy,

They hit the streets the first week of Nov, and their first Disabilities story came on Thursday, Nov 3rd; a front page piece.."Disabled fault city's ADA effort," by Rick Guinness. They ran a front page follow-up ubove the fold Nov 8th, "City responds on ADA" by Rick Guinness, with sub heading..."Leaders on efforts, also handicapped admit flaws on act. Continued on page 7, the heading pleases us by aniuncing "City officials concede imperfections in ADA."


Now, why do I so gleefully type YES!! Am I happy that our beloved City handicapps PWD's every day? Certainly not. But we cna't begin to fix something if we cannot agree it needs to be fixed.

So, accepting thet the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1990, Public Law 101-336 applys to Cities, under Title II is a first step in doing the right thing. Now, what do I mean by doing the right thing? Well it means that corrective action must be taken, not just adding words like we do not discriminate, or the ADA must be followed. It meand not only adopting, but PUBLICIZING a grievence proceedure! It means a lot more than that, for sure, but since the City has been in denial for the past 5 years at least, this public affirmination that they need to address compliance is a first step.


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