Another point about parking
I write with respect to the eloquently conveyed words of Mr. Rod Sparkes of Georgetown, whose letter to Mayor Glenn Littlejohn of Bay Roberts appeared in your Jan. 17 edition under the headline “Put brakes on parking problems.”
He is absolutely right! The parking problems in Bay Roberts have been a chronic and now ever-burgeoning issue. As a disabled person, I find it increasingly difficult to access malls, supermarkets, etc. because of the glut of vehicles parked in/around fire lanes and entrances. In addition, the disabled parking spaces are frequently occupied by vehicles without the special permit required and, all too often, driven by healthy/agile young to middle-aged men and women.
In addition, aggressive/dangerous driving, especially on the four-lane portion of the “main drag” from Powell’s Supermarket to Beaver Plaza, is on the rise. As a result, we try to avoid this area during peak traffic periods.
So one may be left to wonder: is all this caused by pure laziness and/or extreme impatience? Perhaps. But a great contributor may also be a basic lack of respect for the law and lack of respect for other people, including those — like myself — who are disabled.
It appears that here in our “neck of the woods” we find ourselves as a society whose moral ethos/social mores are in the early stages of decay. Paul Fitzpatrick