Neal Feldman 
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Re: “Do Disabled Motorists Need Free Parking?

Helen Connolly -

I do not like the idea of putting personal info on the placard, and the placards go with the person, not the vehicle. If you want the vehicle to be permanently allowed to park in disabled parking spots get a disabled license plate.

How they do it here in Oregon is there are two types of placards... one is the general disabled placard, the other is specifically for those in wheelchairs etc that require clearance on the side for a ramp or lift or to be able to load the person into their chair at the car door. They are slightly different in color. I have one of the latter.

Signs at disabled spots are either the regular type or specifically for wheelchair type placards. Even with a regular disabled placard you will get a severe fine (over $1000 as I recall) if found in a wheelchair only spot. Fine for abusing a regular disabled placard spot is punished with a fine around $500.

The placards show the date of expiration (which matches the expiration of their driver's license or ID card) with the ID/DL number written in large black marker on the placard.

The alternatives are a disabled license plate for the vehicle or just using paratransit services from local mass transit. I use mass transit when I can, and paratransit services most other times, but also have a manual folding wheelchair to put in a friend's car if we are going somewhere so the license plate would do me no good.

General rule is if the parking space, disabled or not, has a 2 hour or longer maximum duration those with placards can park for unlimited time, free if there are meters. If there is a shorter limit the vehicles with disabled placards in regular spots are limited to the same time as anyone else... there is never a time limit for actual marked disabled parking spots.

I have not seen wholesale violations like the article refers to up here, but maybe that is just a factor of the much lower population density here in Salem, the capitol city. I believe Portland has more issues with such, but again even going up to Portland I have never been unable to find a disabled parking spot.

What gets me is this:

If I pull up to a place and there is a disabled spot with a non-disabled spot close by, I will use the non-disabled spot if it is workable for me. This leaves the limited number of disabled spots available for other disabled customers.

The red faced ragers I have encountered who are outraged that I 'stole' a parking place they could have used. Truly amazing. I would point to a number of open spots less than 100 feet away which, not being disabled, they should easily be able to traverse. The laziness of people is astounding to me. They will burn half a tank of gas circling a block waiting for the spot right in front of where they are going to open up... when within a block or two there are huge parking structures that are free to park in and which is are connected to sky bridges between several of the large malls downtown. Truly amazing to me.

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Posted by Neal Feldman on 05/09/2013 at 7:05 AM

Re: “Do Disabled Motorists Need Free Parking?

Vince Rubino -

"Driving is not a human right."

But access is a human right.

I realize folks like you wish that disabled folks like me would get shipped to a desert island to sit there until we die.

Sorry to disappoint you, but that ain't gonna happen if I, or any number of disabled citizens, have anything to say about it.

The healthy and non-disabled can be so narcissistic and petty. I wonder if they could even make it through one of MY days. Whining crybabies if you ask me. It is despicable.

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Posted by Neal Feldman on 05/09/2013 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Do Disabled Motorists Need Free Parking?

Moronic lazy policy.

I agree with costacoralito, charging for disabled parking defeats the entire purpose.

If there is fraud and folks using cards they are not entitled to, go after the fraud. Don't destroy a needed law.

And no, Joe Blow on the street should NEVER confront possible abusers... you have no idea what their medical situation is, nor should the disabled have to justify themselves to any cretin on the street.

If you suspect abuse, REPORT IT. Take a picture or video of the alleged offender and the vehicle and placard info and report it. Then the investigators can check things out and fine those not in compliance.

On the wrongheadedness of this policy I agree with Mara Math.

As for who I am, I am on full SSDI disability and in a wheelchair with two forms of arthritis and other medical issues. In other words my income is only a bit over $900 a month.

Personally I do not know why the non-disabled even drive, much less drive downtown. Are they too good for mass transit?

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Posted by Neal Feldman on 05/02/2013 at 3:24 AM

Re: “Pot is a Bigger Problem than OxyContin, Drug Czar Says

Gotta give him credit... it takes an incredibly deep Reefer Madness delusion to come up with such stupid and incredible statements.

Just for that alone this clown (and his attack dogs like Leonhard and Haag) should be removed.

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Posted by Neal Feldman on 02/16/2013 at 7:42 AM

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