Celebrate Women’s Equality Day | Monday’s letters

Monday’s letters to the editor
Published August 23

The anniversary of women’s suffrage

Join in Women’s Equality Day

On Monday the League of Women Voters will celebrate the historic anniversary of the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment, which prohibits denying the right to vote on the basis of sex. This milestone came because of the women’s suffrage movement, which also birthed the League of Women Voters. Women’s Equality Day means much more than the right to vote. It also celebrates the women’s organizations all over the country that work hard to provide women with equal opportunities in education and employment and associated workplace benefits; increasing the availability of programs that serve impoverished women and children; promoting paycheck equity; and non-discriminatory health care support.

Idelia Phillips, Tampa

The writer is president of the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County.

The Michael Drejka trial

Parking spots for the disabled

This letter is not about the guilt or innocence of Michael Drejka but about parking in a handicapped space. I’m disabled from multiple spinal cord surgeries, including another last week, and nothing upsets me more than when I go to park my van, which has a ramp, and the space is taken by someone without a permit. When I say something to a person parking in a handicapped spot without a permit, I’ll often get an abrasive reaction. If anyone wants to trade my spot for the 23 operations I’ve had, please let me know. But until then please understand for some of us that spot is a necessity.

Scott Shimer, Land O’ Lakes

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