Demonstrators Protest Fifth Year For Post Office Access
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 5, 2003
TAMAQUA, PENNSYLVANIA--Disability rights advocates demonstrated for the fifth year in a row Friday, to bring attention to the lack of accessibility at Tamaqua's post office. And for the fifth year in a row they went away with nothing more than excuses.
The protesters said they want the building to follow the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
A U.S. Postal Service spokesperson said that the building does not have to comply with the ADA because it was built in 1968. Besides, building a wheelchair ramp "is not feasible" because it would have to be 70 feet long and extend into the street, the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added that if postal patrons call in advance, postal employees will meet them at the curb.
That's not good enough for protester Robert Sommers.
"We pay taxes," Sommers told the Morning Call. "We pay their salaries, and they are still not making it possible for us to get into the post office."
Activist Earl E. Kennedy said he would not give up until the Tamaqua post office is accessible.
"We'll come back and come back and come back," he said. "They'll get tired of us and build the ramp."