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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: What will it take to get sidewalks fixed?

By Delcia R. Crockett
July 31, 2012 | 4:23 p.m. CDT

An open letter to Columbia City Council:

You have been told this a hundred times, or more, by concerned private citizens you serve: You need to repair the sidewalks in this town. What will it take — a lawsuit or a death to get you up off your duffs and get it done?

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There are some people who do halfway jobs in this town, and whoever did the sidewalks rate in that category.

I will not sue you; as I do not think suing someone is biblical.  And, while I have had occasion to sue, and the case to sue — at some points, I have chosen a higher ground — always.

On Monday, as I was was walking downtown, from campus to my work as a preschool teacher, I fell on one of your sidewalk "accidents just waiting to happen." I was going my usual walking gait (not sped-up), and I was fully alert and careful in every sense of the word. Because you have jagged cement up in the sidewalks and do not have them smoothly sealed off, my toe connected with the jagged edge, and I fell onto my face.  I tried to catch myself with my hand, and I injured my chin and was in such agony in my knee and leg that I had to leave work and go to the emergency room.

I am in excellent health with no medical problems.  As a result of taking good care of myself, I had no broken bones, but I have torn ligaments.  I cannot begin to describe the agony brought on.  I could not stand on that leg, and I nearly blacked out from the pain, before I was forced to leave work, because of it.

I am losing three days of work, and before I can stand on my leg again for any length of time, I am in a splint and on crutches and still in immense pain.

Consider yourself fortunate that I do not sue, and when someone is injured or killed as a result of your negligence to repair the sidewalks, will you then get them repaired — or will you lose your jobs to represent us? I would say both are possibilities.

Delcia Crockett is a Columbia resident. Questions? Contact Opinion editor Elizabeth Conner.