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October 8, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Sidewalk cafes

Proposal discriminates against blind

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is a champion of saving the environment. However, both he and the Seattle City Council majority lack sensitivity to people who are blind or sight-impaired.

The City Council vote Monday [“Seattle council backs more sidewalk cafes,” Local News, Oct. 7] can only be construed as discrimination against pedestrians and those who are disabled. Encouraging more sidewalk clutter by reducing sidewalk-cafe permit fees by 74 percent will mean impeding access to those who cannot see.

We hope the public hearings on this issue will result in testimony by those who are disabled and who want to walk in safety.

— Bill Wippel, executive director of Tape Ministries Northwest, SeaTac

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