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Monique Zimmerman-Stein
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After beginning to lose her eyesight in 2007 to Stickler's syndrome, in part due to lack of care and conflict with Health Insurance, Monique has become an advocate for blind and visually impaired citizens in Florida. While still sighted, she worked closely with Cincinnati Seniors, Clovernook School for the Blind, Cincinnati Association for the Blind, and Girls Can! for her local schools in Cincinnati. A liberal-leaning independent, she is active in local and Florida politics. She is currently working on developing a non-profit organization to increase awareness, services and transportation for the blind and visually impaired, including group counselling for those losing their eyesight.

Wife, mother of 3 beautiful daughters, graduate, Wayne St. University, recently blind and proud of it, Advocate for the Blind, politically active, ethically motivated. Proud to have lived in 2 amazing cities- Detroit and New Orleans, now in beautiful Tampa. Lived in several other cities that paled in comparison.

Entries by Monique Zimmerman-Stein

Blind Insight: The Florida Governor's Race as 'Seen' By a Blind Floridian

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 5:15 PM

It was a cool blustery morning at Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg. It had taken us well over an hour to travel there through the frustrating traffic of Tampa and across the bay to Pinellas County.

I could hear the traffic -- sirens, tires screeching and the occasional horns...

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Blind Insight: Mr. Iacocca- Stand up Now or Watch Your Legacy Burn

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 1:45 PM

Open letter to Mr. Lee Iacocca:

On Monday, November 11, 1985, my father, David M. Zimmerman, a lead emissions engineer at your company, Chrysler, was pronounced dead after suffering a stroke that attacked him as he prepared to go into work at the Highland Park plant. It was Veterans' Day,...

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Blind Insight: Women Who Support Obama, Both Celebrity and Grassroots, and Why

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 2:43 PM

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It's great to be living in a swing state during a presidential campaign as the election day gets closer. It seems to bring out the best and worst in people and politics. Let's start with the best because that is what I find...
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Blind Insight: Falling Down Never Felt So Good

(4) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 5:16 PM

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The first time I went out canvassing -- the first time I helped to participate in the democratic process, was when I was 12 in Detroit and my parents insisted that I help out with the McGovern...

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Blind Insight: I Am Detroit

(40) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 7:13 PM

An open letter to Mitt Romney:

I find it amazing that you were born in the same city as I was, and yet we see things so differently. We were even raised on the same part of town -- the Northwest side, a stone's throw away from Woodward. You were...

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Blind Anger: Homage to Two Visionaries From Detroit

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 2:30 PM

People tell me I'm white, and I tend to believe them, just like Steven Colbert, although looking in the mirror doesn't quite help when you are blind.

Last evening, I received a phone call that I knew was coming, but I had hoped would have waited a little longer. My...

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Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus. But There Is No Due Process in Florida

(4) Comments | Posted December 27, 2010 | 6:09 AM

Dear friends and family,

I am not used to asking for help but I find myself needing your telephone and e-mail resources. I am renting a home in Tampa, Fla. from a group of foreign investors that have refused to make badly needed repairs and are entering into the...

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Blind Anger: Balloon Boy Dad is Full of Hot Air (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 2:36 AM

Richard Heene is at it again. The shamelessly self-promoting father of the "Balloon Boy" hoax is making another grab at the limelight. He is doing it by trying to sell us painted sticks.

He's trying to sell us painted sticks like he invented them. He even states that the patent...

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Blind Anger: Mr. Rubio, It's Not About You

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 6:42 PM

This Sunday, I had the distinct pleasure to be invited to attend a CNN debate for the Florida Senatorial race to fill the spot vacated by Mel Martinez currently held by George LeMieux . I heard some spirited repartee between the three candidates: Marco Rubio, Kendrick Meek, and Governor Charlie...

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Blind Anger: Obamanation? Really? Rita Smith? Really?

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 6:49 PM

Since this is my first blog, I'd like to introduce the tag line that I will be using for each entry: Blind Anger.

It is more than a pun. When I first lost my eyesight, my primary reaction was anger. But what good is anger if you can't use it...

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