Cars should not be in slots reserved for handicap vans
Re: July 15 article, “Group targets abusers of disability parking.”
Another related issue is legitimate handicapped drivers parking regular vehicles in van-accessible slots. They don’t seem to realize that a handicap van requires eight feet of side clearance to accommodate the ramp and wheelchair. Maybe the group could place an information card on the windshields of the regular vehicles informing them of the purpose of van-accessible parking spots. That would help those of us with side-entry ramp vans to find a parking space to accommodate our disability and not get trapped out of our vans.
Perry still a bad choice
“Swagger” has worked well for Texas since Texas became Texas, but it’s not revered by the other 49 states and the rest of the world’s civilized countries. If our not-leaving-soon-enough Governor Good-bye is eyeing a second shot at the presidency, he should first take a look at a quote largely attributed to Albert Einstein: “Insanity (is) doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
How did Perry get rich?
Re: July 15 commentary, “Governor rides off a zero or a hero.”
The headline on your editorial page reads: “Governor rides off a zero or a hero.” There is no question that he rides off rich. I think I am correct that he has had no job for the past decades other than holding public office. Could we have a follow-up report that accurately traces how he accumulated his fortune?
Abortion sides not equal
All the coverage I’ve seen has presumed that the oppositional groups in the debate over House Bill 2 and similar legislation are simply two sides of the same coin. But, in fact they are vastly different. One side wants to force the other to do something against its will (carry pregnancies to term), while the other side is making no such demands. Do the people in orange want to force the people in blue to agree with abortions morally, let alone to have them? Clearly not. Therefore, the debate is really autonomy versus coercion. The irony of small-government conservatives increasing the reach of the state is of course not lost on anyone.
Not an 'inconvenience'
Re: July 13 commentary, “When we discuss abortion, let’s remember medicine.”
My thanks to John Young for calling into question the phrase “abortions of convenience” and with it the idea that anyone sees a pregnancy as merely an inconvenience. An inconvenience is encountering blocked-off streets when you try to go downtown or having to take the stairs when the elevator is broken. Approximately 500 American women die every year from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Women also can suffer debilitating birth injuries and increased chances of developing diabetes. Any condition that carries with it the risk of death, disability and disease should never be characterized as an inconvenience.
What do I tell my son?
A travesty today. A boy was shot and killed because the way he looked scared someone. Nothing was stolen, no trespassing, he was simply walking home. George Zimmerman was told by police not to follow him. He chose to anyway.
What should I tell my son to do if a stranger aggressively confronts him when he is walking home alone? A stranger not in uniform, and he has a gun. Run? Talk? Fight? Who knows what to do; it may depend on who your dealing with.
This horrible night ended in a boy’s death, and the verdict is that it was his own fault. For looking scary? For being scared himself?