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An armed man in a wheelchair took five hostages Wednesday at a post office in western Virginia, forcing officials to cordon off three blocks of a downtown filled with holiday shoppers. Full Story
Justice

Portsmouth, VA

#1 Dec 23, 2009
He's Probably upset at Obama's proposed health plan.
sockpuppet

United States

#2 Dec 24, 2009
I cannot think of any explosive that could take out a city block with only 5 pounds quantity; With the exception of a nuke.

If there was really enough explosive to take out the whole block, these cops were not too smart.

(Town manager Wayne Sutherland, speaking from his office four blocks from the scene, said dozens of officers had circled the freestanding, brick post office.)

Seems like they need some training.
CSurvivorI

Crewe, VA

#3 Dec 24, 2009
I cannot say that I blame the guy, the way that the disabled are treated. More than just cops need training.
sockpuppet

United States

#4 Dec 24, 2009
True. We have vets living on the street that date back to Vietnam; I know two that are decorated war heroes (marine recon and a river rat), both suffering with mental illness as a result of their tours in Nam, and both on the street. We will have many more homeless vets after this nonsense in Iraq. One of the real concerns that I have is the idea of reserving slots for these killers in various police departments - that may not be a good idea. Many of the hardened bank robbers, bikers, and renegade cops of the 70's were all war vets - many of them were Special Forces.
CSurvivorI

Crewe, VA

#5 Dec 24, 2009
My husband is a retired state law enforcement officer that had a heart attack and now has diabetes which makes it very hard to walk. He has an electronic wheelchair but that is difficult to manage.
sockpuppet

United States

#6 Dec 24, 2009
Life is too short. I'd rather be a diabetic cop, with a bad heart, in a wheel chair, spending the holidays at home with someone that cares; than to be a pissed off vet in a wheelchair that will likely spend the remainder of his life in a prison cell.

Have a good holiday season and be thankful for what you do have. I'm about to go do the same.
sockpuppet

United States

#7 Dec 24, 2009
For what it's worth... a man in a wheelchair that straps himself with explosives and demands only a pizza after taking control of a post office - to include hostages... probably wants to spend his days in the luxury of a federal prison. Sure beats dying on the streets. Just an theory...
CSurvivorI

Crewe, VA

#8 Dec 25, 2009
Actually he probably won't spend time in prison because of the issue of mental capacity. Prison life is not always the lap of leisure. But you know more than likely either me or my husband would run over the dumbasses that block the parking spaces. My husband actually was knocked out of his chair by a Walmart customer. I do not think that I would rob them of a pizza but I would certainly explain disability to the idiots.
He wanted a pizza? Gee that is bizarre but then again I know some idiots around here that would do that.
sockpuppet

Parksley, VA

#10 Dec 25, 2009
I don't believe that most people "think" when they are rude, or abusive, to mentally and physically disabled people. I take care of a mentally disabled adult that had made some off color comment to me when I told him that I was legally blind and needed him to read something for me.

So, I convinced him to allow me to cover his eyes with gauze bandages and take him for an assisted 1 mile walk through our neighborhood at 9:00pm that night. That was over a year ago, and he has not made another rude comment of that sort since.
CSurvivorI

Crewe, VA

#11 Dec 25, 2009
Now that is clever. My husband has asked local officials to get in a wheelchair and try to go up a ramp without using their legs. The government agrees with this. None of them were able to do it. They are just now getting around to complying with the ADA.
sockpuppet

Parksley, VA

#12 Dec 25, 2009
Actually, I got the idea of the "blind leading the blind" from a psych 101 class project I was in at TCC more than 30 years ago. The students all paired-up and we took turns leading each other around the beach campus.

Maybe something can be done in the public school system, of a similar sort, to teach children to be more sensitive to the needs of the disabled.
CSurvivorI

Crewe, VA

#13 Dec 25, 2009
In many ways the kids that I saw were better at helping the disabled than adults were. They especially endeared themselves to me when they sent out cards to an eight year old who has cancer.
sockpuppet

Parksley, VA

#14 Dec 25, 2009
Young children are generally polite and want to be helpful. My personal experiences with teenagers has been few, but, very memorable; teenage girls are sometimes the cruelest.

A few years ago, I developed a thyroid condition that caused me to temporarily gain about 50 pounds. This allowed me to "know" firsthand what it's like to be run into by a 15 year old girl on a bike while being told to get my fatass off the sidewalk (I had bruises for a month). Or, to be made fun of by a group teens while walking along the boardwalk. I'm back to my normal weight, but the memories will always be there.
Jim

Princeton, WV

#15 Dec 26, 2009
CSurvivorI wrote:
In many ways the kids that I saw were better at helping the disabled than adults were. They especially endeared themselves to me when they sent out cards to an eight year old who has cancer.
The younger tends to grow up to be the more educated than the elder, thus tends to be the more progressive, the most caring are our future which spells doom for the most conservative, the caring knows nothing about AM radio, who is populated by the fat and uncaring and thus are nothing more than noise polluton.
CSurviovrI

Crewe, VA

#16 Dec 26, 2009
How well I know thyroid, I have had low thyroid since 1979. At the moment I am on a lower dose because after having all the surgery for cancer, somehow my levels went down. I also know what it is like to be run over when in a wheelchair. I had major surgery in 1998 and again in 2001. A tumor had formed on my kidney and pressed against my spine, I could not walk. I had adults tell me to move out of their way so they could reach an item. One day I turned around and faced one lady and told her if she wanted to try and move me that I would explain to her what pain is. A crowd gathered and to my surprise they all gave her a withering look. She muttered and left.
sockpuppet

Parksley, VA

#17 Dec 26, 2009
CSurviovrI wrote:
How well I know thyroid, I have had low thyroid since 1979. At the moment I am on a lower dose because after having all the surgery for cancer, somehow my levels went down. I also know what it is like to be run over when in a wheelchair. I had major surgery in 1998 and again in 2001. A tumor had formed on my kidney and pressed against my spine, I could not walk. I had adults tell me to move out of their way so they could reach an item. One day I turned around and faced one lady and told her if she wanted to try and move me that I would explain to her what pain is. A crowd gathered and to my surprise they all gave her a withering look. She muttered and left.
Well, I hope that our dialogue helped you in some way; I enjoyed it. Maybe we were able to enlighten a few of those people that push and knock us around when we don't move quite fast enough.

I wish you and your husband well.
CSurviovrI

Crewe, VA

#18 Dec 26, 2009
I wish you well too.

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