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Monday, April 21, 2021

New York State’s newly-enshrined governor, David Paterson, is legally blind: Only his right eye has any visual functionality to it.

So how does he manage to head up the government of the nation’s third-largest state? With plenty of audible help:

Mr. Paterson, a Harlem Democrat who has been blind since infancy, has been making adjustments to his surroundings throughout his life. But, with the added demands of the job of governor and the relentlessness of his new schedule, staying on top of his work now takes a lot more time. He said much of his day can feel like a big game of catch-up. “I’m always trying to get back that time that I’m losing,” he said.

Given the volume of material he must take in, he tries to find ways to do things faster. He listens to very long articles or books on a special tape recorder for the blind that plays at speeds so fast, it is difficult for others to comprehend. “You get used to listening to that Alvin and the Chipmunks voice,” he said.

Not to get all gushy, but as someone with fairly weak eyeballs, I find Paterson’s ascent inspiring.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/21/2008 11:10:41 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Politics
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This shouldn’t be too surprising: In order to get out from under in the face of foreclosures/repossessions, people are putting the torch to their no-longer-affordable houses and cars:

Last week, a Sacramento-area couple were arrested on allegations that they burned their Jeep and drove their Nissan pickup into a river, then filed fraudulent insurance claims. According to investigators, the wife admitted she was trying to escape her $600 monthly car payment.

On April 1, police arrested a woman in Easley, S.C., accused of deliberately setting fire to her home just three days after the bank hung a foreclosure notice on her door. And in January, an Omaha man was arrested on suspicion of arranging to have his three-bedroom house burned down as he was facing foreclosure.

So this sort of turns the traditional rite of passage in burning a paid-off mortgage on its head. Although I’d argue it’s just as a much a rite of passage, albeit not as satisfying of one.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/21/2008 09:43:02 AM
Category: Business, Society
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