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July 15, 2014
I feel that there must be a better solution to the disability placard problem than to place the burden on the disabled ( "New rules require disabled drivers to pay for handicap spots," July 10). Disabled folks do not have the strength or mobility to obtain change from sources near their parking meters. They may need to return to the meter several times to deposit coins. A trip to Baltimore city attractions would be futile. Parking tickets would increase for the disabled through no fault of their own. The theft of disability placards to be sold to selfish and insensitive people is a criminal act affecting our most vulnerable citizens.
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NEWS
July 16, 2014
So I come to find out today that in a stroke of brilliance, our fine city of Baltimore has decided that in an effort to stop criminals from breaking into the cars and vans of people with disability placards, they will completely eliminate the free parking privilege for all the disabled ( "New rules require disabled drivers to pay for handicap spots," July 10). You see, up until July 10th, people with disabilities who had a placard could park at a meter within the city for free.
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NEWS
July 16, 2014
So I come to find out today that in a stroke of brilliance, our fine city of Baltimore has decided that in an effort to stop criminals from breaking into the cars and vans of people with disability placards, they will completely eliminate the free parking privilege for all the disabled ( "New rules require disabled drivers to pay for handicap spots," July 10). You see, up until July 10th, people with disabilities who had a placard could park at a meter within the city for free.
NEWS
July 15, 2014
I feel that there must be a better solution to the disability placard problem than to place the burden on the disabled ( "New rules require disabled drivers to pay for handicap spots," July 10). Disabled folks do not have the strength or mobility to obtain change from sources near their parking meters. They may need to return to the meter several times to deposit coins. A trip to Baltimore city attractions would be futile. Parking tickets would increase for the disabled through no fault of their own. The theft of disability placards to be sold to selfish and insensitive people is a criminal act affecting our most vulnerable citizens.
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By JILL ROSEN and JILL ROSEN,SUN REPORTER | December 31, 2005
Disabled drivers might soon find more handicapped spots available thanks to a state crackdown on permit abuse beginning tomorrow. The changes to the disabled parking rules -- one of a number of new laws that begin with the new year -- come after complaints of widespread exploitation of handicapped tags. "There's so much misuse," said Sen. Nancy Jacobs, the Harford County Republican who co-sponsored the legislation. "Not only are the wrong people using them, but they're taking spaces from the people who need them."
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
The number of coveted parking spaces available to the able-bodied on crowded downtown streets is about to shrink as Baltimore begins reserving metered spots for disabled drivers. Earmarking 200 metered spaces in the central business district is the first step in an 18-month plan to reserve 10 percent of spaces citywide. Officials hatched the plan to accommodate disabled drivers and combat the theft of handicapped placards — which until now have let drivers park anywhere in the city for free and have been a favorite target of thieves.
NEWS
March 16, 2004
Baltimore City Central District Burglary: A compact disc changer, cassette player, stereo receiver and several compact discs all valued at $3,050 were stolen over the weekend from an apartment in the 2200 block of Eutaw Place. Thefts: Someone broke into two cars parked in the 1400 block of Mount Royal Ave. on Sunday and stole handicap placards atx tached to their rearview mirrors. Southeastern District Robbery: A woman, 19, was walking in the 100 block of S. Eaton St. about 4:30 p.m. Sunday when she was knocked to the pavement by a man who stole her purse containing cash and property all valued at $67. The victim suffered a dislocated shoulder and refused medical treatment.
NEWS
November 2, 2007
ABaltimore jury struck a blow for human decency this week when it awarded nearly $11 million to the father of a soldier killed in Iraq whose funeral was violated by a cruel and callous protest. The federal jury determined that a religious group that exploits such private moments of grieving to call attention to its opposition to homosexuality and gays in the military crossed a line of offensiveness unacceptable in civil society. Further, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was not gay, seems to have been a random target.
NEWS
By Jason Song and Jason Song,SUN STAFF | June 9, 2005
Edith Diaz is about to lose her ride to work, and she doesn't even know it. The Salvadoran native takes the No. 17 bus most days from the Patapsco light rail stop to her job at a hotel near Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Like many Latino riders on the No. 17 this week, she was unaware that state officials propose to scale back the service. The new route would make fewer stops and would operate only at night, when the light rail isn't running. That would make it hard for people like Diaz to get to work in the morning.
NEWS
August 10, 1994
Along with this year's crops of corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and eggplants, a large crop of political signs has sprouted up alongside Carroll's highways, roads and streets. Politicians and their supporters planted these placards in hopes of reaping attention that will translate into votes on election day.Instead of the intended harvest, the yield seems to have produced a great deal of adverse publicity. At least two candidates have been told to remove their signs that were either too large or placed without authorization.
NEWS
February 5, 2014
Were there really almost 2,000 thefts of handicapped placards from vehicles in Baltimore in 2012? Who are all these people stealing placards from the disabled ( "City to reserve hundreds of parking spaces for disabled," Feb. 1)? If there's a Hell, I hope there's an especially warm and toasty section reserved for these deeply disturbed folks. By the way, to those who shudder at the thought of forthcoming parking challenges created by the change in parking policy, I'd trade my placard in any day and park a mile away from everywhere I need to go for the rest of my life if I could lose the MS-related disability.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
The number of coveted parking spaces available to the able-bodied on crowded downtown streets is about to shrink as Baltimore begins reserving metered spots for disabled drivers. Earmarking 200 metered spaces in the central business district is the first step in an 18-month plan to reserve 10 percent of spaces citywide. Officials hatched the plan to accommodate disabled drivers and combat the theft of handicapped placards — which until now have let drivers park anywhere in the city for free and have been a favorite target of thieves.
NEWS
June 1, 2011
I was quite pleased to read Justin Fenton 's article on Anne Arundel County's handicap parking violators ("Target: handicap parking violators," May 29). If anything, however, he let violators off too easily by concentrating solely on infractions that pose a harm to the disabled. Handicap parking placards are an important component of society's attempt to integrate individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of American life. Indeed, laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 recognize that integration of individuals with disabilities into major life activities is a civil right.
FEATURES
By Kevin Cowherd | July 9, 2008
I have just returned from a few days in Ocean City, which confirmed my belief that what this country needs is a national campaign to get people to cover up on our nation's beaches. This campaign could begin in the form of public service announcements on TV. I envision a PSA showing footage of fat guys in Speedos walking along the shore, or large, tattooed women in string bikinis rising with a great jiggling of flesh from their beach towels. Then a voice-over intones: "Please ... put on a shirt.
NEWS
November 2, 2007
ABaltimore jury struck a blow for human decency this week when it awarded nearly $11 million to the father of a soldier killed in Iraq whose funeral was violated by a cruel and callous protest. The federal jury determined that a religious group that exploits such private moments of grieving to call attention to its opposition to homosexuality and gays in the military crossed a line of offensiveness unacceptable in civil society. Further, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was not gay, seems to have been a random target.
NEWS
By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,Sun reporter | October 31, 2007
The father of a young Marine killed in Iraq wept repeatedly in federal court in Baltimore yesterday as a jury watched video images of members of a Kansas church protesting the military's inclusion of homosexuals by picketing his son's Westminster funeral. The videos provided an emotional ending to the evidence portion of the weeklong trial in U.S. District Court. Albert Snyder of York, Pa., the Marine's father, is attempting to be the first in the nation to hold members of Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church legally liable for their shock protests at military funerals.
NEWS
June 1, 2011
I was quite pleased to read Justin Fenton 's article on Anne Arundel County's handicap parking violators ("Target: handicap parking violators," May 29). If anything, however, he let violators off too easily by concentrating solely on infractions that pose a harm to the disabled. Handicap parking placards are an important component of society's attempt to integrate individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of American life. Indeed, laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 recognize that integration of individuals with disabilities into major life activities is a civil right.
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | May 15, 1996
The other day, while waiting for a fresh batch of tomato bread to come out of the oven at Fortunato's on York Road, I got to yapping with someone, as is my tendency. By the time I got back to the trattoria-style front counter, the entire batch was gone. Vanished. Sold. Out the door. That's how good the stuff is, and obviously the word has spread. The Fortunato tomato bread is simply a plump bread stick stuffed with diced fresh tomato (no pulp), olive oil and Italian spices. It sells for $1.50.
NEWS
By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,Sun reporter | September 20, 2007
Herbert Williams looked a little embarrassed. He had just been caught using a handicap parking placard that wasn't his. "He says it belongs to his 90-year-old mother," said Andy Srebroski, an investigator for the state Motor Vehicle Administration who was part of a team cracking down on such violations yesterday at Gay and Front streets in downtown Baltimore. Srebroski confiscated the blue placard and told Williams his mother would have to come down to the MVA and pick it up. He was lucky not to get a ticket.
NEWS
By JILL ROSEN and JILL ROSEN,SUN REPORTER | December 31, 2005
Disabled drivers might soon find more handicapped spots available thanks to a state crackdown on permit abuse beginning tomorrow. The changes to the disabled parking rules -- one of a number of new laws that begin with the new year -- come after complaints of widespread exploitation of handicapped tags. "There's so much misuse," said Sen. Nancy Jacobs, the Harford County Republican who co-sponsored the legislation. "Not only are the wrong people using them, but they're taking spaces from the people who need them."
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