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New York Times Critic James Oestreich and a Lung Patient

Do handicapped people belong in public where they or the noise of their life giving oxygen machine might disturb the audience in a public performance?

Well. I’ve got a few medical issues and use a facemask attached to a tube hooked to  a BIPAP with an concentrator (oxygen) bleed in and want to throw my two cents worth in the mix here.

Tell it like it is  – like New York Times critic James Oestreich turned his review of  a concert at Lincoln Center featuring the works of Mozart and Stravinsky into a thoughtful, regretful comment of the noisy oxygen devise the man in the seat  behind him wore that was so distracting that it disturbed his focus on the concert.

One symphony concert sticks in my mind as one of the most remarkable musical experiences I have had.  The Seattle performance featured a Norwegian pianist, a prodigy.  The music flowed, I closed my eyes to absorb it, and the music filled my soul.  Not a sound, not a cough tickled the edges of the musical performance only the thunder, lilt  and scale of the throbbing sounds filled the air until I opened my eyes to center stage where the pianist and piano seemed melded into one instrument, a flow of sound.  I could see his hand move over the keys but it seemed unrelated to the sounds that seemed to pour from him as readily as the glistening sweat dripped from his brow.

Not a sound disturbed the outpouring of music – my sneeze froze in time as the pianist played to a stunned, silence audience.

Memory of that performance fired me into responding to the New York Times Oestreich critique – especially the astounding negative backlash from folks I’d formally believed to be sensitive and considerate.

The fact is I know people who will not wear their hose in nose oxygen in public.  Those folks do not understand their prescribed oxygen use sustains and feeds their organs, including the brain.  Deliberately exerting without the prescribed oxygen is to die slow little deaths by depriving your body, your organs of oxygen.

To stay home for fear of going out in public is to slowly progress into another kind of death – of growing isolation for the sake of vanity.

Being considerate and thoughtful of others’ right to enjoy a performance best appreciated in silence is common courtesy.

What do you think?


Thanks for reading… Sharon O’Hara

Dear Kitsap County Commissioner’s – a Coordinated Trail System and the Physically Challenged

Dear Kitsap County Commissioners:

As a physically challenged person and cycling fan, I am writing in support of the Kitsap County Non-motorized Trails Coordinator and our need of one person to coordinate the entire trail system.  The present hodge podgy fingers in the same pie method are not working.  We need one person to oversee the entire trails plan for our county and no interest other than that.    Nothing else makes sense.

We need to fully fund the creation of this position and have it directly under the Commission as planned.

A planned trail system throughout our county would bring tourists here in droves – more importantly, it would be a massive boost to our own citizens – all of us.

Only a small portion of citizens uses the huge taxpayer outlay of funds you approved for the Howe Farm off Lead Dog Park in South Kitsap yet we all paid.   All Kitsap County citizens would benefit from the balanced and planned trail system overseen by a coordinator.

I am learning how to get around as a physically challenged person.  The hand cycle recumbent trike is useful because the bone on bone left hip causes too much pain pedaling a regular recumbent trike.  I am not yet able to pedal a regular recumbent trike.

The physically challenged in this county NEED the kind of trail system one coordinator would put together as one piece.  Our service men and women are coming home, many of them, with physical challenges the trail system would help address.

The timing is now for the future of our county in an ever-increasing awareness that physically fit and active people live healthier lives.

Let us turn Kitsap County from being an unsafe place to be into a safe place for the NMT fans and the best place to go.

One coordinator would have one job and that is the trails – no special interest would cloud the picture.   I am guessing the cost to put in that one dog park was far greater than the cost of a trails coordinator benefiting all.


Sharon O’Hara

Now all I need is find a large flat area to practice and someone to give me a lesson or two and get it road ready with a headlight and stuff.  This hand trike turns by leaning the handlebars and post over to whichever direction you want to go..really neat.

Malin’s first ride on a recumbent trike tadpole… they’re not just for the physically challenged.

Please contact our KC County Commissioner’s if you understand the need for one coordinator to oversee the project.  Contact them if you don’t understand and thank them for doing a difficult job.  We live in a superb county – let’s make it work better.  Please.

Thanks for reading… Sharon O’Hara