Reader: The ADA is essentially a civil rights act, treat it as such 


Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down. — President George H.W. Bush

Let's not forget that the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act was essentially passed as a civil rights act. There was opposition from some religious groups. There was even more determined opposition from the business community, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business, calling it "an expensive headache to millions" and "a disastrous impact on many small businesses struggling to survive."

Where I moved from most recently, there were a half-dozen city and county traffic enforcement officers dedicated to ticketing and fining those who parked in designated spaces for those with disabilities.

And they stayed busy — only because individual citizens took the time and made the effort to remind our fellow citizens that a $500 (first) ticket and extra for the tow is the price you pay for disregarding another citizen's civil rights.

Make that phone call.

— Stan Friedman

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