Letters to the Editor for Jan. 10, 2011

Published: Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.

‘Team Mona's' mission

Thank you for your Jan. 3 article about Mona Minkara, the UF Ph.D. student who is blind. She is an amazing young woman with an excellent mind and positive spirit.

Mona is also being served by the Division of Blind Services, in Gainesville, and we are part of her "Team Mona."

The first week she moved to Gainesville we began working with her to assist in her preparation for life as a college student. We provided orientation and mobility training through our contract with the Florida Center for the Blind. We provided her with a large screen magnifier which enables her to read printed materials. We worked closely with UF's Disability Resource Center in the search for readers for her.

Each semester we will do a review to determine if there are any areas where she will need further assistance.

Our mission: To ensure blind and visually impaired Floridians have the tools, support and opportunity to achieve success. For more information please contact us at (800) 443-0908 or check our website, http://dbs.myflorida.com/.

Madeline Davidson,

Rehabilitation Supervisor

Division of Blind Services


So many good samaritans here

I recently was shopping at Butler Plaza and did a very dumb thing. While leaving the parking lane, another car was coming in the opposite direction so I cut the corner too sharp and went over the curb. My wheel dropped into a deep hole, and my car could not be forced out.

Soon a car with a young fellow stopped and looked my car over. Another car stopped and then another and another.

Someone tried to jack the car up to move it. A few tried to push it out.

Eventually a middle-aged couple came along with a jeep, hooked a line under the front of my car and pulled it out. I tried to pay her but she said she only hoped that someone would do that for her mother sometime.

I counted nine people who had stopped to help a foolish old lady. I had almost lost my faith in human nature, but what I happened that day changed my opinion.

Mary Jane Crooks,


A lovely holiday gift

Congratulations to Alexandria Brady-Mine, of the Gainesville Country Day School, on winning the Kids' Gift Wrap Design Contest, and thanks to The Sun for publishing two pages of her beautiful design.

I was very pleased to use her imaginative and appropriate paper to wrap my holiday packages. Sincere thanks to Alexandria and The Sun for this lovely gift.

Harriet Brask,


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