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Letter to the editor:

Odd places to see handicapped plates

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No one should dispute the fact that the Americans with Disabilities Act has been a boon to people with handicaps. Increased access to public buildings, restrooms, sidewalks and crosswalks, along with preferred parking, have been implemented by all levels of government, greatly assisting people with genuine disabilities.

But I do look askance when I see a handicapped license plate on a Corvette or 350Z, a jacked-up big-tire four-wheel-drive pickup truck, or dune buggy equipped for street driving. This past weekend, seeing a Harley-Davidson motorcycle displaying a handicapped license plate, whose owner’s leather jacket showed motorcycle club “colors,” made me wonder just what criteria or regulation the DMV follows when issuing the handicapped plates. Will a big rig be next in line for a plate?

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  1. Here's a hypothetical case for the letter writer. Suppose you have a woman in her 60's who is handicapped and has been for years. She has a bad hip. Walks with a pronounced limp. She fell down steps when she was pregnant many, many, many, years ago. Almost lost the baby. Praise God she didn't. Over the years the injury got worse. On occasion she even uses a cane now if she has to walk far. But as long as it does not hurt all the time, she refuses to have surgery. Lo and behold this lady gets lucky and wins a brand new 2013 Red Camaro SS with black racing stripes. She decides, with urging from her grand daughters, to pay all the taxes on the car and keep it, along with her handicap plates. What do you think?

    Carmine D

  2. Don't you just hate it when those damn handicapped people don't fit your stereotypes? The nerve of them, driving vehicles that they want to drive when there are perfectly suitable used Plymouth Caravans in muted colors with AM radios and 4 cylinder engines for their use. All they do is go to shop [and get in my way with their scooters] and doctors. I propose that handicap plates only be assigned to dull, mundane vehicles with gray or light blue paint!

  3. My wife drives a BMW X5M with a handicapped sticker. Over the last 20 years she's had more surgeries than I care to recall for cancer as well as multiple joint replacements. What's the point here? Handicapped people can't have nice cars or motorcycles. I don't really get it but then again I'm getting old and get easily confused.

    My wife's placard has a serial number on it. She has to be in the car for the placard to be used. If people are abusing the privilege they should be fined and lose the placard. There are rules in place for dealing with this issue.

    In California I wrote a great many tickets for handicapped violations. Those tickets were extremely expensive.

  4. I can agree with the letter writer,and also disagree
    with him at the same time.I have a close friend who I grew up with back in upstate N.Y.This friend of mine has a severe case of Parkinson's disease for the past 20 years.

    My friend tries his best to live life to the fullest as best he can. That includes owning a
    Corvette convertible car,which is his second car.

    I give him a lot of credit for doing his best at trying to get what he can out of life while he is on this earth. He is also a disabled vet,who asks for no sympathy.

    At the same time we have others who abuse this system and don't deserve any handicap privileges. All that we see may not be true,better not to assume.

  5. Sometimes handicap problems are not visible so don't be to quick to judge.

  6. The logic behind this letter should result in the writer being issued a "mentally disabled" ID.

  7. Handicap does come in all forms , but I have seen motorcycles with the plates and question if they're handicapped should they even be on a motorcycle.

  8. A smart man once told me: "Things are not always what they seem."

    Carmine D

  9. Just recently, Cameron Lyle, a member of University of New Hampshire's varsity track squad, was accepted as a bone marrow donor for a man he doesn't know. He will not be on the team when UNH goes to its conference championship meet. Why? After the procedure, he will be medically restricted from lifting more than 20 pounds for a month, and perhaps more, and for awhile may be unable to lift his plate over his head. Sounds to me like a good candidate for a temporary handicapped placard. But Jack Corrick would disallow it. Just think, a hale, hearty 28 year old varsity athlete with a handicapped placard!!!!

  10. Lest any of us judge.
    For years, a dear friend of mine, who was legally blind besides other medical conditions, needed driving around for various reasons. That handicap plate is a real help when assisting such folks. For the souls who need that plate, please don't begrudge them nor those who assist them.

    On the flipside, those who abuse the handicap plates should be fined dearly. Shame on them.

    The handicap placard is not issued willy nilly. There are reasons that a doctor must verify for its issuance and use. For those who need it, I am grateful we live in a world of compassion that permits special allowances for those in need.

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star