‘Yes’ to inclusion
To the Editor: This time of the year, it is important to remember that on July 26,1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA gives people with disabilities civil rights to pursue equal opportunities.
People need to be aware of the importance of the ADA because disabilities do not discriminate. Everyone, regardless of race, creed or gender, is only one accident or one illness away from becoming disabled.
People with disabilities are saying “no” to exclusion and “yes” to inclusion. The implementation of the ADA makes equal access to everyday opportunities not only the “right” thing to do, but also the “legal” thing to do.
Everyone wants to be actively involved in his or her communities. People want to participate in everyday activities. People need to be able to have the chance to make decisions that can affect their futures. “When ordinary people are given equal opportunities, extraordinary things can happen.”
Marti Kesel, Hendersonville
A special town
To the editor: Fletcher is too special a town to take a back seat to anybody else. A 29 year-old town of more than 8,000 should already have a recreation center for our families. Imagine hosting the father-daughter dance and other events in our OWN public venue. We also need a larger polling place for Brickton, where Greater New Zion Baptist Church is unfortunately way too small now.
Fletcher residents pay for a variety of projects that mostly end up in Hendersonville, and then pay the cost and time to drive there for the privilege of using them. No high school, no middle school, no recreation center, etc.
I don’t want to hear “It’s not Henderson County’s problem” when our state has a 30-percent obesity rate, and Fletcher taxpayers helped acquire the property and pay the renovations of the Athletics and Activity Center in Hendersonville, just a mile from Jackson Park, when Hendersonville already has several recreation venues. The AAC is great, can offer basketball, futsal, volleyball, pickleball, karate, yoga, etc., at affordable cost. Why can’t Fletcher have its own?
It’s long past time to look at replicating the gym at the Athletic and Activity Center at the “Meritor Park” site in Fletcher.
Dennis Justice, Fletcher
To the Editor: I recently sat in a meeting at City Hall that made me tear up. It was a planning meeting for the Tails in Town event in the Historic Seventh Avenue District on Saturday. Sitting around me were Friends of Downtown volunteers who were willing to show up at 6 a.m. to help set up for the event, register people for the 5K run, get the water stations in place along the running route and oversee all of the wonderful activities for pooches and dog lovers.
These volunteers love Downtown Hendersonville — almost 200 strong. They make Rhythm & Brews possible, Trick or Treat Street a popular event, the Bear Reveal and Auction a huge success and the holiday festivities at the Historic Courthouse a tradition for locals and visitors — and many other events.
As a volunteer myself, I love these people. They are so generous with their time and so much fun. We have become family.
So the next time you think, “Wow, downtown has changed and has so much going on,” remember the Friends of Downtown. They are the life blood of what you are seeing.
Babs Newton, Hendersonville