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As the manager of a local business, I thought I would share a frustration that seems to be occurring with shocking regularity. It is appalling to me the number of times I see non-handicapped people abusing the privilege of a handicapped parking permit.

I am an ardent supporter of the ADA and have firsthand experience with the needs of the physically impaired. I certainly advocate the reservation of parking spaces for the handicapped and have gone to every length possible to provide the easiest possible access at my own place of business.While I often see people with no permit illegally using a handicapped space, it is even more frequent and disturbing that I see a relative or friend of someone with a handicapped permit abusing the privilege that so obviously does not apply to them. I wish I had a nickel for every time I saw an able-bodied person use their disabled spouses' permit just so they could park a few yards closer to an entrance. You would think that if anyone was to understand the need for only the legitimately handicapped using those few spaces, it would be someone who had to deal with those needs every day.

I know from experience how frustrating it is to drive around a parking lot with a legitimate need for a handicapped space only to have all of the reserved spaces taken, some by people that do not even have a permit. You only need to experience that one time before you become quite conscious of the abuse and misuse of the few handicapped spaces available.

I am quite certain that if we all put ourselves in that situation, there wouldn't be nearly the problem that is so evident today.

Bob Young