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Kudos for mall's wheelchair access

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 24, 2000

All too often, all one hears are complaints when things aren't right, so I want to let you know how impressed I was with the handicapped parking in front of Tyrone Square Mall at the main entrance by the food court.

On May 13 I went to the mall for the first time in months.

Let me preface this by letting you know that I am a quadriplegic and use a motorized wheelchair. I am so appreciative of the efforts Tyrone Square Mall has made to accommodate the handicapped. If only all public facilities would show as much concern as this corporation has, then people with disabilities would be more able to function with ease in their comings and goings. The thing I was most impressed with was the center walkway leading from the bus stop to the mall entrance. How nice not to have to dodge vehicles!

Keep up the good work.
-- Barry Marshall, St. Petersburg

Bible condemns homosexuality

You certainly must have needed to "fill space" to print an article about gay rights activist Bill Carpenter (Gay rights message delivered to church, May 14).

He claims he has a "church" (First Unity). So be it.

What "right" does he think he has to try to change the Methodists or the Presbyterians? This is not a "civil" case; this is a religious issue. He should mind his own business.

Christianity is based on the Bible. Has he ever read it? Evidently not. As many times as I have gone through it -- both the Old and the New Testament -- I am always amazed at how thoroughly homosexuality is condemned.

I'd be happy to pass on the exact quotations to him.
-- L. Wilson, Pinellas Park

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