Who deserves a handicapped parking permit?
By Susan Nuñez,
Regarding John Kelly’s Sept. 23 Metro column “Lost car as vehicle for soul searching”:
Ace Rosner thinks like I do: Disabled-parking spaces are not for those who get tired or don’t want to be inconvenienced. Despite his age (93) and apparent physical disabilities (he lost an arm in World War II), this gentleman admitted guilt and paid his parking fine (without whining!) when he could not produce a handicapped permit, even though most people would think that he merits one.
Those reserved spaces make a huge difference for people with genuine disabilities who otherwise might not be able to enjoy their outings. As an occasional usher at the D.C. Shakespeare Theatre’s matinees, I can verify that a surprising portion of the audience uses walkers or other mobility assistance devices, so those reserved spaces are valuable. Taking up a spot outside the supermarket because you’re just running in quickly defies the qualifying definition of the spaces, don’t you think?
My sister and I have so far refused to apply for handicapped parking tags, despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (and she’s legally blind, too). We’re just grateful that we can walk the extra 50 feet into a building.
| September 23, 2010; 6:56 PM ET
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