On Thursday, a small army will embark on a second mission to invade a government center. The first attempt failed in its purpose. In order to reach its destination, the army must traverse a hazardous crossing where some have escaped disaster.
This army will not carry weapons. This incursion will not be violent. This army includes survivors of the Great Depression who became warriors and widows of warriors saving us from tyranny in World War II. We call them the Greatest Generation. Their leader is a 93-year-old Coe College grad Jack Walters, who flew 33 missions over Germany in World War II.
Army members will come with canes, walkers and wheelchairs along with diminished vision and hearing. Time may have brought physical limitations; it has not dimmed their spirit. They will slowly march into the council chambers and listen to the leader fire a volley laden with reason and truth.
The hazardous crossing is 29th Avenue at 35th Street in Marion. There are stop signs on 35th Street, none on 29th Avenue. Parking is permitted on the north side of 29th Avenue. The parked cars are an obstruction to those driving south on 35th street. Also, a high fence obstructs the view of drivers approaching the intersection from the north.
Perhaps, one day, you unexpectedly meet up with one of our residents in the middle of this intersection ending in disaster.
Be it early or late, disability is a fact of life. Should it be ignored?