Letter: Not all disabilities can be observed

Editor: Re: Cynthia Taha’s letter (the Times, Nov. 9), SPARC assigns handicapped parking only to those who need it, and require a physician’s signature.

So, no, SPARC does not hand them out like “Candy on Halloween.”

I am one of those people you have identified as one of those “perfectly healthy (B.C. Shoppers) parked in a handicapped spot.”

Outwardly, I do not appear handicapped.

Do you think “candy on Halloween” is cystic fibrosis, diabetes,  double lung transplant and four compressed discs — two in the neck and two in the lower back?

If you truly think my life has been like lining up for candy on Halloween you obviously have never walk one step in my shoes.

I am not old by your terms. However, my parents were told I would not live to be two years old. I am 56, so yes I am old. Most of the time I do not walk with a limp, on bad days I do.

Due to the 38 different medications I am on, I have very little in the way of energy.

So, yes, I park in the handicapped spots with my handicapped sticker displayed.

Cynthia, before you judge someone parked with a B.C. SPARC decal displayed, please remember not all disabilities are visual. Don’t judge.

Another item plays into this — perhaps Costco can put more handicapped parking at their new store.

Richard Brown,

Langley

Just Posted

VIDEO: G-Men seek revenge Saturday night in rematch at Langley Events Centre

Portland’s Winterhawks downed the Vancouver Giants 5-3 during a road trip down south.

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

UPDATE: Abbotsford murder victim was brother of slain gang leader

Mandeep Grewal gunned down Thursday, brother Gavin killed in North Van in 2017

Children’s author shares her story with West Langley Elementary students

Gabrielle Prendergast toured Fraser Valley schools and libraries from Oct. 15-19.

Nominations wanted for Langley moms in need

The Mama Coach launched the 2nd annual Christmas for Mamas Giveback campaign.

Singer k.d. lang receives Alberta’s highest honour

Celebrated singer-songwriter k.d. lang received the Alberta Order of Excellence in Edmonton

B.C. tickets win big in Lotto Max draw

Jackpot carried over; B.C. tickets share Max Millions prizes

‘Mom, I’m in trouble:’ Canadian faces 10 years for alleged graffiti

Brittney Schneider, another tourist caught spraying message on walls of Tha Pae Gate in Thailand

Feds consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez says people still face systemic racism in some communities

Enbridge aims for mid-November to finish B.C. pipeline repair after blast

A natural gas pipeline that ruptured and burned near Prince George caused an explosion and fireball

How to get government cheques if Canada Post staff go on strike

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said members could go on rotating strikes as early as Monday

Man who sexually assaulted teen is declared dangerous offender

Anton Foulds has more than 30 convictions, dating back to 1991

Anti-SOGI school trustee files defamation lawsuit against BCTF president

Barry Neufeld says Glen Hansman’s words caused him “indignity,” “personal harassment,” and “anxiety”

Most Read