A lot of my friends hate my idea of taking the drivers license away from anyone over the age of 70. Trust me, it's a great idea. You can post on here all you want about your grandfather who is 82, and is the best driver you know. It's horse$%#. He may have never gotten a ticket, but I'll bet he's not a safe driver. And sure, there might be a few folks over 70 that can drive well enough. But I don't want them having a stroke, heart attack, or [insert ailment here] that causes them to go onto the sidewalk and kill a family of four.

The few friends that continue giving me crap about this stance, I get to call up every time the paper has a story about them driving a car (literally) through a drive-thru. It's about once a week.

But the story I saw in the Union-Tribune a few days back got me angry for a different reason.

This 78-year-old got a $440 ticket for parking in a loading zone. He was trying to park in a handicap spot next to it.

He's gone to court, and lost. But he's continuing his fight and appealing.

I'd like to ask him what he thinks about people that park in HIS handicap spots. They are fined heavily, too.

He also says we should have pity on him, as he's retired and doesn't have much income.

Well, his car is a 2007 Toyota Camry. Does he have much sympathy for American car manufacturers and laborers, when he bought a Japanese vehicle? I'm guessing not. Most people don't have empathy for others. It isn't until they are in some kind of hardship. That's when they want the hand-outs. That's when they want banks to understand why they bought a house they couldn't afford and should still get to live in it.

But back to this old coot. He says that it was a horrible way for the city to generate revenue. Yet, he's collecting a disability retirement income. I wonder what he thinks about the money he's collecting and where it comes from. Or where money comes from that keeps roads and bridges intact, or pays a firefighters salary. A firefighter that will probably have to save him when he mistakes the brake for the gas pedal one day, and plows thru a BofA.

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magicsfive March 19, 2009 @ 7:32 p.m.

do you remember the 87 year old man who plowed though an outdoor market several years ago, killing like 9 people, including children? what did he get, a slap on the wrist? Yeah that's reason enough for me.

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MsGrant March 20, 2009 @ 9:21 a.m.

And when they stopped him he was pissed! I remember that well. It was horrifying. My in-laws are now 80 and 83. I am scared to death to get in a car with them. One time I was driving where I live and I see this woman plow through the red light and cut me off. It was my mother-in-law! (they live close to us) Where I live, old folks plow through things all the time. The dry-cleaner, the Blockbuster video, the stop signs, all plow-throughs. The reason I bought a really safe car is because of where I live! Seriously. The old-folk driving demographic is huge. As for the thinly disguised request for a hand-out, have you noticed that lately in the UT? Every day I open the paper to some sad-sack wanting us to feel sorry for them and possibly start a charity in their behalf. I understand we are in hard times. I give a substantial amout of time and energy to things I believe need it. But if you made some mistakes in your life, take responsibility for them!! Especially where you park. If you cannot park without realizing you are breaking the law, you should not be driving.

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magicsfive March 20, 2009 @ 9:57 a.m.

i know, right...there should definitely be an age limit on when and how you receive a license. i mean, you have to be OVER 15, so why not UNDER 75? as a nurse and having worked with the elderly for most of my career, i see the senses that diminish with age. sight, hearing, reflexes, etc...it is all part of the aging process. hell, you don't have to be a nurse to know that. The other day i was in seattle for a dr. appointment and i was running a little late. i saw what i thought was a prime parking spot, just as someone pulled out. i parked, went inside, and just to make sure i had my windows rolled up (because of course its raining-it's seattle) i went back outside to check. well, there i was, getting a ticket. i had parked in front of a fire hydrant! at first i tried to beg the meter maid not to ticket me as i am used to seeing a red curb by a fire hydrant...she pointed out that the hydrant was bright yellow...i should have seen it. you know what? she was right. my fault, my stupidity, MY responsibility. simple. and people asking for charity??? omfg. don't even get me started on nadya suleman...ugh... what is with me being so long-winded lately lol... xoxo

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Josh Board March 20, 2009 @ 10:50 a.m.

Nothing wrong with being long winded (says me, the kind of it!) veering into other topics is fun, and to me, venting about the Octumom or any other thing, can be a cathardic experience.

My friends all say to me, "So, you won't mind giving up your license when you're 70?" They think I'm going to say "Oh, wait...I didn't realize when I said that, it would apply to me." Boy, I have some idiots for friends. Of course I'm not going to give up my license, if no other old codger has to!

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