Parking fine no problem
Heres my response to Marsha Minervinis TCs parking fine turn-off from the 8/3-8/9, edition.
Marsha, Marsha, Marsha.
Must you complain about such trivial inconveniences as $5 parking tickets? I mean, come on were talking about the difference between walking an extra few blocks or paying a $5 ticket. What does the parking structure charge anyway? I cant imagine its much less than $5 for an all day pass.
I live in Los Angeles most of the year and parking tickets there are around $50. There, meter-maids patrol the streets around the clock nearly every five minutes compared to the single meter officer I see here in town periodically strolling our sacred streets. You should consider yourself lucky to only have to pay a $5 ticket. Look at it this way. If you decide to park at a meter, $5 is all youd have to spend in order to park in a space of your desire for the entire day. Isnt that swell?
What about my other suggestion, walking? Have you ever considered parking a few blocks away from your destination and attempted the simple exercise known as walking? It could be quite rewarding. There are some beautiful and historical buildings surrounding the downtown area that you may not have ever noticed before because you were too comfortable cruising around in your gas guzzler while conveniently parking in front of your desired location.
Now, I know that there are some newer, hideous, and quite frankly god-awful buildings that have been constructed by affluent, tasteless developers in the area most people with any kind of architectural class would cringe at the site of, but rest assured, luckily theres only a few.
And as for your ridiculous comment about wiping off the smiles and making folks hurry away from the shops after a movie instead of lingering and spending dollars. Well, considering the state of our economy and the major inconvenience due to the lack of parking, the film festival actually had over 96,000 attendees up 20 percent from 2008 and Im sure the shop owners and restaurateurs flourished with impressive profits as well. So with that said, I along with the other 96,000 people feel absolutely no empathy for you.
You should learn to make some sacrifices for the better good as should all Americans for that matter. Due to your situation you might not have seen one of the many wonderful environmental documentaries at this years festival. They all shared a common theme: Consume less or only what you need as a basic necessity. So, my suggestion is to walk into downtown next year instead of paying the minuscule $5 penalty. I hope that youd enjoy the experience.
Mike McGee TC
The time is now to pass strong clean energy jobs legislation that will jumpstart our economy and lay the groundwork for America to be competitive in the 21st century.
As a recent New York Times editorial argued The older, dirtiest (coal) plants... simply cannot be let off the hook. The Senate must close damaging loopholes in the energy bill. We must fix the energy bill and save the clean Air Act. The House passed a bill that was weakened by industry lobbyists and repeals the part of the Clean Air Act that limits global warming pollution from power plants. This roll back will open the door for many more coal plants. Call your senators and demand they put it back in the bill.
Ellen Weber TC
No abortion, please
As a guiding principle, the Hippocratic Oath - first do no harm is a reasonable one for the health-care reform bills Congress is considering. Financial concerns about an increased government role in health care are legitimate, but few argue that all Americans should have access to essential health care.
Abortion, however, isnt essential health care - it is the choice to end one human life for the convenience of another. You may or may not agree that abortion should remain legal. What seems inarguable is that, in a nation so divided on the issue, that taxpayer dollars be used to pay for the procedure, or that federally approved health-benefit plans require coverage for abortion. Yet unless Congress specifically excludes abortion from the health-care reform bill, it will be covered.
If your readers are as concerned by that prospect as I am, they should contact their U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and insist that abortion be excluded from health-care reform. I belong to a non-partisan grassroots organization called the Center for Moral Clarity which has online resources to easily accomplish this (its easy to find on a search engine such as Google). I urge your readers to join me in raising our voices to make sure we do not become complicit in funding abortions under the guise of health-care reform.
Jill Congdon Interlochen
Rubbish to ‘radical‘ tag
I have read with great disgust how I and others who protest the government spending and cramming health insurance reform down our throats are being called radicals and un-American. To those who spew such garbage I say rubbish!
We who work everyday and take care of our family and our future are getting a raw deal from a government and the Democratic Party that refuses to listen to the majority of U.S. citizens. When President Obama says, I promise you we will pass health reform by the end of this year because the American people need it, he has turned his back on all of us and refuses to listen. When a government goes against its people it is time for the government to go.
T. Galoi via email