To the editor: What’s next? I'm sure if you live in Genoa, you have seen, one time or another, Emily, the Downs Syndrome girl who works at Genoa's Millers New Market. Emily has ridden her bike 1.8 miles each way every day for the last six years that she has worked there, weather permitting. On July 31, her bike was stolen from the parking lot at the store. I guess it just amazes me that someone would actually steal someone’s bike, let alone Emily's bike is her only means of transportation to work.
Emily never complains about anything and is totally independent. Because of her handicap, she sees things differently and just loves life and is a joy to live with and thinks everyone is her friend. On this day someone invaded her life and it makes us angry when someone takes advantage of her. She reacted as anyone would. She felt violated. She was actually scared and had to sleep next to me that night. Emily doesn't see the bad in people and is very trusting. Obviously we feel it was not someone who knew Emily.
We have gotten Emily a new bike. Thank you to all of you concerned for the return of her bike. We have heard from many people that a lot of bikes usually end up at the bottom of the Genoa quarry.
Emily works hard and believes work is very important and it takes priority. It would be wonderful if more people felt this way. Our family feels blessed to have Emily in our life.