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Remember the disabled the next time you park your car
Recently a member of the Jeffco community contacted me about a very important issue for our citizens with disabilities, which is parking and access. Oftentimes, in our busy lives and in the rush to get things done, we don’t think too much about parking. We forget how important it is to make sure everyone in our community has access to stores, restaurants and other businesses and offices. But for those who have disabilities that limit their mobility, parking and access are important aspects of their everyday lives.
When disabled people need to shop, visit a government building or simply stop by a local park, they must be able to find a place to park that accommodates their needs, or they will go home empty handed. What might be a minor inconvenience for some can result in the inability to access a building, a store or doctor for a person with a disability.
Unless you have a current disabled parking permit, please don’t give in to the temptation to use a parking spot marked with the familiar blue sign with the white figure in a wheelchair, even if you think it will be “just a minute.” And when you park next to these spaces, leave a little extra room so individuals in wheelchairs can easily get in and out of their specialized vehicles. These vehicles need much more clearance than the average vehicle, and we applaud those parking lots that offer special spots for them.
Not only is it considered bad manners to park in one of these spots if you are not disabled, it is also illegal. Violators can face fines of a minimum of $350.
Next time you’re parking, please don’t disable those with disabilities. Remember not to park in the spots designated for people with disabilities, and if you park near one of those spots, park a little farther away from the line to give them the extra space that they may need.
For more information on Colorado’s parking program for people with disabilities, please visit www.colorado.gov and
type “persons with disabilities” in the search box.
Casey Tighe
county commissioner
DeGette ill-informed on gun issue
U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette never has understood. She responded irrationally when I asked her about the propane barbecue tank IEDs that almost killed my daughter at Columbine, at her forum on school violence at the Denver DU campus in 1999.
Politicians who are clueless should educate themselves on issues before they legislate. DeGette and others as ignorant should stay in their fields of expertise that got them selected by special interests. I was sad to be informed that Mike Coffman is no longer my congressman, as DeGette has expanded her territory (through redistricting), and I am hers to represent now.
I want Magpul to build “smart clips” for the guns we already own. It would take some explaining to define that concept to a person who has no clue how a gun works. Consider the concept of an RFID chip the size of a grain of rice to identify your dog. Personal guns, especially for school resource officers, should be “smart” so nobody but the intended users can shoot them. I presume Magpul will take their marbles and leave the state rather than lead the nation in safer firearms. China is our source of virtually all electronic technology. Is your gun smarter than a keyless Toyota?
Steve Schweitzberger

Has justice been served?
Before giving your friend a high-five or feeling the satisfying notion that justice has been served, take a moment to ask yourself: Has justice really been served?
By rejecting the plea deal for life in prison without parole in return for a guilty verdict, the prosecutors not only have allowed for the possibility of James Holmes evading prison all together by pleading insanity, but it also invites Holmes to sit in death row for decades if convicted, soaking up Colorado’s hard-earned taxpayer dollars to enjoy solitary confinement.
Rejecting the plea offer will extend the pain and suffering of the victims and survivors by at least one year that will be filled with court dates, appearances, interviews and many other nuisances that will make it impossible for victims to try to move on from the tragedy. Accepting the plea would have abruptly ended the constant reminders of the tragedy by providing swift justice.
Also, Holmes would be on the top of the inmates’ list to “deal with.”
Although capital punishment is considered the most severe punishment, in reality it provides the convicts with an easy way out. Life sentences are much more psychologically damaging to individuals and induce a constant psychological discord that they have to live with their entire life.
Life-long punishment is much more substantial compared to an easy, humane punishment involving an expensive lethal injection.
After considering that the rejection of the guilty plea raises the possibility that Holmes evades conviction by pleading insanity, death-row convicts spend decades awaiting their death date, victims are pre-empted from beginning their natural grieving process due to the extended trial, death is actually less of a punishment than a life sentence.
Do you really think justice has been served?
Amanda Salz