I am writing in regard to the handicap parking spaces at most of the stores. The stores and other drivers forget people like myself in wheelchairs who cannot get out of my chair to stand or walk need the zebra stripes (which refers to the striped area) to exit my van. When I am looking for a parking space I know I have to find one that I'm sure no one can block me in. I have an electric lift on my van, which I use to get in and out of my van.
Wal-Mart parking leaves a lot to be improved. I have a friend who has talked to the managers about this problem. They put their carts by the end of their handicap parking spaces. On one or more occasions they were right in the handicap space. My question is, why do they do this? Target has all their extra shopping carts up by their building. Why doesn't Wal-Mart do the same? They have a whole lot on the north side of the building they could either use for their carts or they could make handicap parking out of. I know I'm not the only person who has this problem. I like shopping at Wal-Mart and would like to continue.
Today (April 20) there were two stories about shootings in this paper. One was a half page story about Columbine. Reams of paper have been used writing about this tragic event. Every time someone gets shot there is another push for more laws to restrict guns even more. People should begin to realize laws are not the answer. Look at all the laws about using, possessing, and trafficking in drugs. In my lifetime the use of drugs has doubled and redoubled. They sell drugs on street corners and parks or so I hear, so laws restricting their use did no good at all.
Even in Minnesota a worse killer than guns is alcohol. In 1998 the last year I have numbers for, 273 people died in alcohol related wrecks. That outnumbers homicides by more than 2 to 1, yet no push to outlaw booze or limit the amount you can buy. I guess I don't understand people's priorities.
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