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Dec. 06, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Best wishes to the Weisberg family

I was deeply saddened to learn the news of Art Weisberg's passing. Art was a man of great wisdom, vision and integrity, and I was privileged to learn from his leadership. Every time we spoke, I picked up on some new, unexpected life lesson. I often say that his book, the wonderfully unpretentious "Call Me Art," should be required reading.

For those of us with vision loss, Art was a huge champion. He joined the Board of Trustees of the American Foundation for the Blind in 2011, and quickly became an advocate and supporter of our work at AFB Tech in Huntington. He was proud to see our Huntington office expand and recently celebrate 10 years of innovation in the community he so dearly loved.

From his modest beginnings in Brooklyn to his creation of a full-grown enterprise boasting over a thousand employees in multiple states, Art was the epitome of a self-made man. Even with his many successes, Art remained ever humble and unassuming. His legacy will live on through his beautiful family, his thriving businesses and the many organizations and causes he supported. Our hearts and best wishes go out to his loving wife Joan, his five children, and his extended family and friends.

Carl R. Augusto

President and CEO

American Foundation for the Blind

Laziness is not an excuse or disability

Once again, the use and misuse of the handicap placard is the subject of recent letters. Proper use is not the issue. Misuse is. Doctors must indeed sign the application. We as laymen cannot determine a disability but if we use common sense and good judgment, we can usually tell at first glance.

Laziness, much to many people's dismay, is not a disability. Anyone who can bolt out of a vehicle and run is, in my opinion, not disabled. Furthermore, the placard is not to be used if the disabled person to whom it was assigned is NOT in the vehicle. This is the issue.

I and every other disabled person would gladly trade places with them. Non-disabled people should be thankful they don't have to use these parking places. I, for one believe "The things you do come back to you as though they know the way."

Rich Christian




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