Thursday, February 14, 2008

Remember that Mayor who thought deaf people could live by

the airport? In 1994, he was considering moving deaf people near the airport to solve noise complaints. He is in the news again. This time, with the United States Marines in this AP's article: Booting Marines Lands Mayor in Crossfire (of course this is an Ohio's mayor.) Dang it.

Back in 1994, advocates for deaf people said the Mayor's original remark was an insult. After his remark was publicized in the media, he wept at a news conference and said had meant no disrespect."Nobody intended to be insensitive. My only words were that it was an interesting idea."

Looks like he didn't realized that deaf people could feel the vibrations from the big planes.

Just another example of ignorance.

3 comments:

Lane said...

Funny you posted this, about a month ago or so I was thinking about that story, not sure if it's the exact one you're refering to.

I was telling someone about that mayor from Cleveland suggesting that Deaf live in that noisy neighborhood at cheaper rate specifically for Deaf only. Also in mean to help fill up the residences.

Actually I thought it was the railroad, not airport....perhaps maybe a different story? I think it was about that year 1994 you just mentioned.

Dianrez said...

Interesting idea when we have been seeing people try to develop the idea of a Laurent town where Deaf people would be the main residents in a Deaf-friendly environment.

However, this situation is how a "ghetto" develops. Noise makes the area undesirable and a poor investment of one's money. With the lowered property values, crime and troublesome residents increase.

No wonder the mayor caught criticism for his idea.

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

I remember that moron! I also remember thinking what you said, that they wouldn't hear the planes but they would feel the vibrations.

Why do so many dumb people get elected?