[nfbwatlk] FW: Just hung up from talking with Lou Oma Durand

Les Fitzpatrick lesfitz at comcast.net
Sat Feb 6 16:35:42 UTC 2010

This is awesome. 

Les Fitzpatrick
President Clark County Chapter National Federation of the Blind
Ham Call K5FPT

-----Original Message-----
From: nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
Behalf Of Mike Freeman
Sent: Saturday, February 06, 2010 3:14 AM
To: nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org
Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] FW: Just hung up from talking with Lou Oma Durand

Hi, all!

I haven't said much until now because in a volatile legislative atmosphere
such as this, it pays to be cautious as one never knows whether or not
objectionable bills will be resurrected and tacked onto other legislation.
We (NFBW) have taken advantage of this tactic more than once. Luckily,
however, there are requirements in the Washington state legislature that all
provisions of bills be germane to the major thrust of a bill so while such
funny-business does happen, it's rarer than at the Federal level, especially
during a short session.

All of which is to say that I believe it's appropriate to quietly celebrate.
In all likelihood, we have protected the status of the Washington State
School for the Blind and the Department of Services for the Blind as
separate state agencies this year.

Having said this, however, we must be ever-vigilant. That is the price of
good government. But, ladies and gentlemen, I think we've done it. Hurrah
for collective action.

In the NFB, however, it seems our work is never done! Now we must see what
we can do to restore at least some of WTBBL's funding. I shall have more to
say about this in the coming days.

Congratulations, all!

Mike Freeman, President
National Federation of the Blind of Washington

----- Original Message -----
From: Alco Canfield <amcanfield at comcast.net>
To: <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org>
Date: Friday, Feb 5, 2010 22:10:08
Subject: [nfbwatlk] FW: Just hung up from talking with Lou Oma Durand

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Carl Jarvis <carjar82 at gmail.com>
> Sent: Friday, February 05, 2010 12:12 PM
> To: Shirley Taylor <shanvel at aol.com>; john guydish 
> <jguydish at hotmail.com>; Holly Kaczmarski 
> <holly.b.kaczmarski at gmail.com>; Carl Jarvis <carjar82 at gmail.com>; 
> Bruce Radtke <bwrdtk1973 at gmail.com>; Bill Hoage 
> <billhoage at charter.net>; Barbara Crowley <barbchie at aol.com>; Alco 
> Canfield <amcanfield at comcast..net>; Karen Johnson <kljsea at comcast.net>
> Subject: Just hung up from talking with Lou Oma Durand
> Hi All,
> Lou Oma called me a few minutes ago and among other things, told me that
her contact in the governor's office said the bill appears dead for this
> She also said that she and her management team have been working hard to
ensure that the $100 thousand will not be taken from the Older Blind
Program.  At this point in time she believes that this is pretty firm.  
> Lou Oma was very pleased with our meeting with Susan Dryefus, DSHS
secretary.  She feels that we've made great strides toward a better working
relationship.  Although I was on the telephone, which is not conducive to
getting a good first-hand impression, I found Susan to be sincere in her
desire to work together for the good of our participants.  We agreed to
respect our differing positions regarding the location of Services for the
Blind, and not become embroiled in personal attacks.  
> All in all I feel we have made progress in future working relations.  
> Carl
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