Hoping for more mobility

I feel bad for Louise Harrison, the reader who responded [”Thankful for Mountain Mobility,” Feb. 5, Xpress] to my letter about the shortcomings of Mountain Mobility, [”Mountain Mobility Can Do More,” Jan. 28, Xpress].

Again, I am grateful for their transport to my many doctor appointments and to food shopping.

If Ms. Harrison had a car until three years ago, how did she utilize her “car-time” before then?

She may not miss her volunteer time at the VA, but I miss the 23 years I spent as a reader for RFBD (Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic). I also miss being a Big Sister and even stuffing envelopes for various nonprofits. These organizations could use help, I’m sure.

If she enjoys “seeing places she never knew existed” – from the window of a moving van, I hate to tell her that is not sightseeing.

I have gone to two movies since I’ve been here. I also participated in Moral Monday and have gone – only twice – to religious services – all by taxi.

I do appreciate being taken to medical appointments, Walmart, Ingles and Bi-Lo. When I asked if I could go to Home Depot or Lowe’s to buy a window screen on multi-purpose day, I was told I could not.

I am more than willing to pay for special group trips – and I have one in mind. Speaking with other riders, they are too.

I may not be able to walk more than a few blocks, but I used to have a full life, and I am not ready to give it up.

— Marilyn Bergen
Asheville

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