I just submitted this response to the Chronicle . I wonder if they will print it.
I circle streets looking for a space that will allow room tolower my daughter’s wheelchair ramp and unload her giant wheelchair with theadditional 50 lbs of medical equipment hanging off of it. This one won’t work because there is a tree blockingthe path of the ramp, that one has newspaper racks, a third would only allowthe ramp to open into traffic. Everyhandicapped space is filled and nearly every meter downtown has a car with ahandicapped placard in the window. Whereare all these handicapped souls? They certainly don’t attend the meetings.
When I witnessseemingly healthy able bodied individuals bounding out of vehicles with a handicapped placard inthe window, I try to give them thebenefit of the doubt. Many disabilities are invisible; but many people usehandicapped placards illegally.
Instead of Kerry Marks’ ludicrous and cold hearted suggestionthat a $500 annual fee be imposed to obtain a handicapped parking placard, (letterApril 5) how about some rigorous enforcement against those who obtain and usethem unlawfully. Imposing a significant fineon the scofflaws would bring in far more revenue that imposing fines on thetruly disabled. Sally Coghlan McDonald, San Francisco
I feel better already.