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The ethics of taking a parking space someone else has cleared [Letter]

Regarding letter writer David Kulick's comment on shoveling out parking spaces after a snowstorm, one has to ask what fairy-tale world he lives on ("The chair in the parking space: A symbol of incivility," Feb. 19).

When a 77-year-old man spends three hours digging his car out of the snow on the one-way street where he has lived for 20 years in order to drive to the drugstore to pick up a needed prescription, he's entitled to have a parking space on returning.

Good, civic-minded neighbors recognize that to barge into a parking space someone else has cleared is the antithesis of mutual civic duty.

Adhering to the "code of the chair" usually lasts only a day or two because by then even the least civic-minded person on the street has been forced to dig him or herself out, giving everyone an equal chance to return to a parking place.

Anne Booher, Baltimore

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