Female veteran is upset to find a nasty note on her car after she parked in a “reserved for veterans” space. I understand her annoyance at someone assuming that a woman can’t be a veteran, but I’m more upset to discover yet another expansion of the special privilege parking allocations clogging our lives.
We started by reserving spaces close to shops for cripples – a fine thing, and one that makes sense, given the difficulty of walking (some) handicapped drivers suffer from. But now, up on the Merritt Parkway, there are now spots designated for “high occupancy “vehicles” and “low emission vehicles” – different spaces for each, and in other areas, I’ve noticed special spots for cars with “babies in strollers”. And today it’s veterans, “to honor those who fought for our country”. Noble sentiments, but haven’t most of us served our country in one fashion or another? How about spaces reserved for taxpayers, who paid for the roads more travelled on? How about one for me, for quitting the practice of law and removing one litigator from the planet?
In the pc world we live in, everyone is “special” and deserves special treatment; unfortunately, there just aren’t enough parking spaces to give us all a warm, fuzzy feeling, and isn’t that sad? Still, we’ll just have to suck it up, and get on with our lives.
Maybe we can reserve spots for those of us attempting to do just that.