Voice of the People
Too many misusing handicap placards
After reading the Oct. 7 letter in The Herald-Dispatch regarding the improper use of handicapped placards, I would like to say that I totally agree. I have seen this many times. I know sometimes the person is going to meet someone who needs to use the placard. However, far too often this is not the case.
For instance, it was pouring rain and I was trying to find a parking space as near to Kroger's entrance as possible. I found one open next to the handicapped spaces. The lady behind me pulled into the only handicapped space available, got out of her car, and started running to the store. She then realized she had forgotten to put "her" handicapped placard in the window. She ran back to the car, took a placard from under the seat, placed it in the window and ran back to the store. The only consolation I had was the fact that she got soaking wet while running back and forth.
When my mother needed a handicapped placard, I had to get a letter from her family physician and one from her specialist before the DMV would issue it. The process took almost three months. I don't remember if the state charged a fee, but she still had to pay both doctors. Her placard was used only when mother was in the vehicle and kept in the glove compartment the remainder of the time.
Unfortunately a handicapped placard can now be purchased through many catalogs for less than $4 each. They are identical to the real placard. When I see one being used by someone I believe does not deserve it, I try to give that person the benefit of the doubt, but then I think about my mother and all my doubts disappear.
Donna M. Day
Common sense could deter crimes
While reading through the paper, I noticed quite a few police reports involving items being stolen from cars (a purse, iPod, digital camera, a backpack with wallet and cash).
In today's society, who leaves these items in a car? Did you make a sign with a big arrow pointing to your car saying, "HELP YOURSELF"?
I'm not saying it's right, but use some common sense. If the items hadn't been left in the car, they wouldn't have been stolen. It's that simple.
South Point, Ohio
Social Security raise not enough
I see the feds felt they could give us a Social Security raise. I just don't know how they could come up with such a whopping raise of $12 to $24. I just don't know what I'm going to do with all that money.
I know, I'll buy a gallon of Arab gas; that way they won't feel so bad when we only give them $5 billion this year. We wouldn't want to hurt their feelings now, would we? Our people here are so rich, we won't miss a measly $5 billion. In the U.S., we don't live on the streets and we have plenty to eat, nice warm clothing to wear, and our kids are doing so well, so it's OK to send the Arabs all the money they want.
It won't be too long until they will be shooting it back at us. Then maybe this so called government we have will wake up.
Be wary of potential telephone scams
I'm an "almost" victim of a telephone scam. I'm sharing this experience with you with the thought that you might be next.
I received a telephone call from someone identifying himself as our grandson. I have a hearing problem and I'm not too sharp when it comes to voice identification. He said he was in trouble. I was to call his court-appointed attorney. He gave me his name, David, and his telephone number. A couple minutes later, David called me. I was instructed to send $2,700 to an address via Western Union.
About that time, my wife came home. I explained the problem. She recognized this as a scam and got on the phone with David. She got as much information as she could and ended the call by saying she would first call my grandson's dad. David clicked off never to call again.
My wife called the local state police. Her call was switched to the state police in Charleston. There she was told they had quite a few such reports and we should make the report to the Attorney General. My wife asked for the Attorney General's telephone number. She didn't have it. My wife mentioned this seemed strange in view of the stated high level of scams reported. The employee hung up without further comment.
We found the number in the directory. No answer. Columbus Day is a paid holiday for state employees. I was not surprised. Over the years I called on the Attorney General twice for assistance. No help. On one occasion when I didn't receive the call back, I called and learned that the employee who was handling my claim was on vacation and no one else could take over her files.
Frank J. Michel
City should enforce vehicle weight limits
I have lived in Huntington since 1959, and in all that time I have never seen the pavement on 13th Avenue in front of Ritter Park in such a deplorable, patched-up, pothole-filled and shoddy condition than it is today! Please go to the Ritter Park fountain and see for yourself; while you are there count the overweight vehicles you see traveling 13th Avenue and 12th Street. There is only one reason for this. Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook will not enforce Huntington's weight restrictions on city residential streets, although having been requested to do so on many occasions personally and in writing.
Holbrook refuses to enforce Huntington's ordinances against the thousands of overweight commercial trucks (including many tractor-trailers), and overweight trucks and vehicles that travel the Ritter Park corridor each month from Hal Greer Boulevard to 8th Street into and out of Huntington every single day! Incidentally, Holbrook is not a resident of Huntington -- or even West Virginia, preferring instead to live in Ohio, where he does not have to deal with overweight truck problems that Huntington residents do.
Huntington's city ordinances make it illegal ($500 maximum fine), and prohibit vehicles-trucks, SUVs or other vehicles, weighing in excess of 6,000 pounds to drive on Huntington's residential streets. Every day overweight trucks (many of them city owned) and commercial trucks of all kinds and description -- many weighing in excess of 40,000 to 90,000 pounds, and many others weighing up to 30,000 pounds -- drive Huntington's residential streets illegally without fear of being ticketed or fined by Holbrook's police department.
Isn't it about time the mayor, or the new mayor, told Chief Holbrook about his duties regarding overweight trucks on residential streets in Huntington's neighborhoods?
W. Robert Hamlin
Nation needs to return to values
The results of this past Tuesday's election have to be considered within the context of Veterans Day. This sacred day is set aside to remember those men and women who have served this nation, but most importantly, who have sacrificed their lives to preserve this nation.
At one time, the people of this nation were strong willed, resilient and self reliant, which resulted in a nation that was strong willed, resilient and self reliant -- a nation worth fighting for, and if need be, worth dying for.
Now we have re-elected a leftist president who is accelerating the transformation of this nation into one characterized by passiveness, inflexibility and dependence, adjectives that largely describe his ever-growing constituency.
I submit that this kind of nation is not the kind of nation that these patriots sacrificed for. As a former sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps with 16 months service in Vietnam, I'm increasingly seeing my service and their sacrifice as futile.
I wonder if Obama can keep a straight face when he places the wreath at the Tomb Of The Unknown?