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Unacceptable and discriminatory



I wonder if Mr. Taylor (Coast Reporter, Dec. 6) really thought his suggestion through?

We are talking about senior citizens, and while there are those who are lucky enough to be able-bodied, capable of walking the long walk at the terminals, and get around the city, many seniors donít have that ability any more and cannot be walk-on passengers.

It takes all day in a car to get around the city to do four or five necessary things, including appointments. By public transit a person would be lucky to get one or two done. Seniors take their cars often, not because they want to, but because they have to.

To assume we do it by choice all the time is wrong. To assume they will not find it difficult to pop a further $7.30 to me is offensive.

There are many with non-visible disabilities: for myself and many others with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), for example, we have to take our car, because we cannot travel on public transportation; in close proximity, the toxic fragrant chemicals people choose to wear make us very ill.

One day a month, I organize what I need to do, including appointments, leave early and have a very long exhausting day trying to get everything done.

Under this suggested tweak from Mr. Taylor, senior foot passengers would travel free Monday to Thursday, not paying anything else towards the ferry cost to run the service. A senior who pays for their car to get on the ferry is contributing something towards the cost of the service. So why should they then be penalized for doing so? This would be an unacceptable, discriminatory double standard.

Valerie Pusey




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