Editorial: Handicap parking

The following is an editorial from FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Tuesday, August 3, 2010:

Another week of extreme heat and everyone is suffering.  Whether you're doing errands…going to the grocery store or picking up a prescription, or… taking advantage of the tax free weekend at one of our local shopping centers.  The walk to the store, across the hot pavement, can seem to take an eternity.

Say you are someone who uses a walker, crutches or wheel chair…or just can't walk very far…someone who has a handicapped permit and counts on the availability of the handicapped parking spots.  Can you begin to imagine how difficult the long walk in the heat would be, if parking near the store's entrance isn't available?

I received a call, this week, from a viewer who has been experiencing just that problem.  He uses a walker, has a handicapped parking permit and expressed his frustration at shoppers, without parking permits , parking in those spots.

I think his frustration is warranted.   First…using a handicapped parking place without a permit is illegal and second… it's both heartless and cruel.

Some may say, "Well, not everyone who has a handicapped parking permit, has gotten it legitimately".  In some cases, that may be true.   I say, to those who get them under false pretense…the heartlessness and cruelty applies to you, too!  AND, it doesn't give the rest of us the right to break the law.

It has been said that one of the most important measures of the character of a society is how well it treats its weakest, most vulnerable citizens.  What does this kind of behavior say about us?

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