Letters to the Editor

New law: 3 tickets and you're towed

I agree with Mayor Stomberg that "booting" is heavy handed. And it would not be necessary if police procedures did not allow for multiple ticketing of the same car. $70,000 owed for 92 tickets sounds like poor fiscal management.

I suggest a ticket limit be set. When a car is ticketed for the third time it should be towed immediately. If drivers are to take tickets seriously, then police need to take action sooner.

Tom Howard


'Booting' will get drivers' attention

Mayor Stromberg is wrong to wimp out on the "booting" of automobiles belonging to serial parking scofflaws. "There is something about booting that is blunt and heavy-handed," he says. Exactly. How else to get the attention of those who persistently thumb their nose at parking laws, accumulating between them $70,000 in unpaid parking tickets?

It matters not that they may work downtown or regularly park there to shop or recreate. Car pool, ride a bike, walk or park a few blocks away where the parking officer won't bother you. I don't go quite as far as City Councilor David Chapman, who says, "Take their car and crush it and put it in their driveway." But putting the car in stocks until the offending owner bails it out is a good idea.

Brad Knickerbocker


To boot or not to boot — that's the question?

What am I missing here? The Vickie Aldous article of Feb. 26 announced for the second time: "The city of Ashland is cracking down on 92 people who collectively owe the city more than $70,000 in unpaid parking tickets and fines.

"Some people have dozens of tickets and some are at 50 or over," Ashland Finance Director Lee Tuneberg said Thursday. "The highest amount one person owes as of today is $5,520."

Then another Aldous article quoted the mayor: "There's something about booting that is blunt and heavy-handed," Stromberg said. "The tone it sets for visitors and the public is something we should be sensitive to."

True enough, but it seems to me the Tidings articles are skirting the point Finance Director Lee Tuneberg was pointing to. The real issue isn't to boot or not to boot. It's the shocking failure of 92 persons to honor and abide by the city's parking ordinances, which are designed to serve the interests of our community.

The issue here is a moral one that goes to the heart of civil society. Persons enjoying the benefits afforded by the community need to honor its laws and ordinances.

If individuals wish to have it their way and be above the law by parking more than one hour in a one-hour zone, they should in return promptly pay the modest $11 fine for the privilege.

John and Dot Fisher-Smith


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