Have you ever noticed how few parking places around our city are dedicated to those with mobility limitations? A short drive around North Platte will show you that of the few handicap designated parking spots many are occupied by able-bodied citizens. Recently a wheelchair-bound friend encountered a KNOP-TV car parked in a handicap designated space for the St. Pat’s playoff football game.
Only a few days later the same friend was assisting with a fund raising event at the Eagles, and again a KNOP vehicle was parked in the handicap designated parking place. This friend was met with indifference when she met with KNOP to discuss the situation.
Personally I find this an outrage. If the people of the local news media are too lazy to park where the rest of us park maybe they could petition the city for media designated parking!
Especially now that the weather is turning colder and there is more of a chance of ice, I appeal to everyone to be considerate of those with mobility issues and leave the handicap designated parking spots for those who truly need them.
Everyone has a right to enjoy the activities and events held throughout our city, let’s help them enjoy these events safely.
By Diana Lynn Newtson, North Platte