April 26, 2009

Direct the anger at parking scofflaws

Many of us who live in the city are quite angry about those who park in our parking spaces with impunity ("Pricey tickets, bad reviews," April 20). We believe that these parking scofflaws should pay up in full, and the law is on our side.

Parking laws exist to promote fairness. In residential areas, for example, motorists may occupy spaces for specific periods of time, which allows for equity, especially at times of peak demand.

Parking is regulated because demand exceeds supply, and time restrictions help foster fairness.

In the Tuscany-Canterbury area, for example, students from the nearby campus often park on the street in restricted areas for days at a time, depriving residents of spaces for which they have legitimate paid permits.

The state should also ensure that these parking violators are prohibited from re-registering their vehicles until all fines are paid in full.

Carl Hyman, Baltimore

The writer is residential parking coordinator for the Tuscany-Canterbury area.

Hey, I have a good thought - pay those parking fines when you receive the ticket and then they won't balloon to hundreds of dollars.

I have no sympathy for those who disobey the law and are now in shock.

Joseph Kortash, Catonsville

Working to build a two-party state

The suggestion by Richard J. Cross III that Maryland Republicans would be "better served by rebuilding the party from the ground up" is reasonable and timely ("Does GOP have a shot?" Commentary, April 16).

The Maryland GOP has announced that Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold and Harford County Executive David R. Craig will co-chair a team of elected officials to train and advise candidates for public office in 2010.

Mr. Leopold has built a reputation as a very creative and effective grass-roots campaigner, and Mr. Craig brings more than 30 years of experience as a Havre de Grace city councilman, then as a mayor, state delegate, state senator and now Harford County executive.

Building a strong, responsible farm team is the right course for the state party to take as we seek to build an effective two-party system in Maryland.

Alan Rzepkowski, Pasadena

The writer is chairman of the Republican State Central Committee of Anne Arundel County.

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