An­other point about park­ing

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

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

North River

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