Letters to the Editor

Bestler has no right to use handicap tag

By Dave Rider

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Re: “Parking tag for handicapped getting a makeover,’’ by Bob Bestler, which ran on Saturday:

I am outraged at Bob Bestler’s latest column and totally dismayed as to why The Sun News would allow it to go to print. It is without a doubt a real slap in the face to the truly disabled. I find a few of his columns somewhat interesting but for the most part they are to say the least mediocre at best.

But this one really struck a chord with me. I have a nephew who was in a terrible automobile accident in 1986 rendering him a paraplegic for the last 29 years. Just in case you are not familiar with the term, it means his entire lower body from his midsection down is paralyzed. He has been wheelchair bound since then and will be for the rest of his life. How can Bestler be so disgustingly aloof? I have no doubt at one time as he mentioned, he was in need of a handicap permit. But as he self-admitted, not now.

Individuals such as Bestler infuriate me in the way they needlessly use the system to their own benefit. Where is his sense of decency?

I have copied the state Department of Motor Vehicles as well as the county and state Departments of Special Needs. I am so in hopes that since he no longer qualifies and is simply using this privilege for his own convenience, while the truly disabled go without, that he loses it.

He finished the column by stating, “After all, I`ll be one of those forward-leaning users for at least four more years.” Not if I have something to do about it, he can rest assured of that.

The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.

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