Letters to the Editor

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 09, 2015 5:00 AM

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Response to ‘Racial Discrimination Still Rampant’

Ms. Anderson has seriously demonstrated her prejudice against people who happen to be white. I was a young woman in the late-50s and early ’60s. I can assure her that I suffered serious discrimination and some violence from men, so I can understand those feelings.

I am horrified by the police killings that have been happening. Feeling upset about this has to do with my humanity, not my race.

Personally, I do not need to “work on my racism” because I am not a racist, and I resent being classed as such just because I happened to be born white.

Look at your own prejudice, Ms. Anderson, before you classify other people.

Mari Struxness 

UI disabled parking a pain in the foot

At the university, I’m trying my hardest to put my best foot forward, but it’s hard. On Dec. 19, I had surgery on my foot, which has left me limping around campus this semester. To make matters worse, I continue to run right into what I see as the unethical and unequal access this campus delivers to its physically disabled students.

On Feb. 4, I drove to the EPB lot and, as often, it was full. I went up to the booth to protest, as I’ve been instructed by school officials to do, but no one was there. I ended up parking in the disabled meter parking on the other side of the library. With my raw stump, I walked across the library, under the icy tunnel to EPB. When I got to EPB, I was infuriated. I was careful to notice that eight of of the nine disabled spots were open. As my painful foot throbbed, I called parking. The girl on the phone ended the conversation by telling me that there was a special pass disabled people could use in cases like this and that she would send me an email explaining how I could register with the university. Well, I didn’t get an email. I figure either she didn’t know or she was trying to placate me.

This is not my first dead end.

Since I returned as a student in 2013, I have been complaining to the university about its unfair parking practices. Not only have I had repeated foot surgeries, have moderate heart failure, I use a service dog. So, handicap parking is invaluable to me. Another run in I’ve had concerns the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center lot. One day I went to the Rec Center to work out, and it was “Event” parking. An employee explained to me that I was free to park (over) a block away to avoid paying the $5 charge. I explained to her that I would only be there an hour and that I didn’t have the luxury of parking a block away because I was disabled and could barely walk. I paid $5 for 50 minutes.

I can’t keep straight all the people I have complained to regarding the unfair parking practices at the university. To me, this seems very wrong. I believe acceptable accommodations must be available to handicapped people. Event parking when a person has no opportunity to park elsewhere because of disability and disabled people being closed off from accessing this parking is a violation of my rights.

Ann Kolsrud

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