To the editor:
Private business has the right to reserve public parking spots. The sentiment, good will and respect behind Hy-Vee?s signs are understood, but as a regular patron I reserve the right to my opinions, to question actions that relate to the public, and in turn receive civil answers. My purpose was to bring attention to the questions and prompt others to ask themselves: ?Do we really need the signs, and are they a good idea??
The resulting Mt. Pleasant News article was incomplete in the coverage of facts and appears distorted for notoriety. The issues are equality and fairness. Let?s be perfectly clear that this was in no way protesting veterans. No one enters the military to reserve a parking space. True heroes tend to decline the label, protesting they were doing their jobs. Do new fathers not also have their own struggles? Is privileged parking based on job title? What?s the definition of a hero? Do some of the most able-bodied men and women in our society need designated parking? Will more signs for other worthy individuals be on the horizon? Does this contribute to an ever-growing police state? Is it a form of favoritism that does or will inadvertently exclude people - possibly you?
I contend that we should stick with the federally regulated handicap parking and thereby avoid catering to the select few. There are better ways to recognize them. There are two things to keep in mind: heroes are humble, and it is a right and duty to question everything.