Letters from our Readers: Disability-placard users have different set of laws 

I see double-parked vehicles with disability placards all the time in The City. I didn’t realize that placard holders are also supposed to get special driving privileges.

A placard user around Mount Davidson continues to park the wrong way while similar parked cars get cited. A double-parked car at the UPS center was about to be cited when parking enforcement spotted the placard and resumed the route. The driver later emerged from UPS and wrestled a large box into her trunk — hopefully she didn’t reinjure herself in the process.

At the West Portal post office, a double-parked driver blocked another driver from leaving his legal parking place. She got out, waved her blue placard at him and ran quickly into the post office, staying inside for 10 minutes.

R.E. O’Leary, San Francisco

Tough times for Dems

These are dark days indeed for Democrats. Not only are President Barack Obama’s poll numbers falling, but his spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said that Republicans are now positioned to regain control of the House.

Recent news cycles reported that former House Democratic power Charles Rangel faces serious ethics charges. The 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry, reportedly tried to avoid more than $500,000 in Massachusetts state taxes by mooring his $7 million yacht in neighboring Rhode Island. And Kerry’s disgraced 2004 running mate, John Edwards, will now be the subject of a highly critical movie from “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin.

Even Al Gore made negative news for an announced divorce and an alleged personal scandal.

Jim Hartman, Berkeley

Elevated tracks worthwhile

An Examiner July 22 story stated that elevated high-speed railway tracks proposed for Burlingame would result in the physical separation of the east and west sides of town.

Actually, that is the case already. The ground-level Caltrain tracks create separation of neighborhoods only broken at the Burlingame station and the controlled crossings of streets like Oak Grove.

If the high-speed rail was built on an aerial viaduct structure as opposed to what some like to call a “Berlin Wall” earthen barrier, such as the one found through most of San Carlos — or a trench — eastern and western Burlingame would actually have free access at all points. But, yes, it would mean that residents might have to accept tracks as high as the current eucalyptus and redwood trees that line the tracks.

In a period of global warming and devastating oil spills, fear of heights seems well worth getting past for the sake of a zero-emissions high-speed train.

Irvin Dawid, Palo Alto

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