By Assunta Ng
Northwest Asian Weekly
Imagine angry folks who get a ticket when they park in Seattle because they don’t know that they have to pay the meter until 8 p.m. I have seen that rage roar on some faces. There is no way you cannot get caught. Sometimes, there are two officers working simultaneously in Chinatown/International District — there used to be only one.
It doesn’t matter that signs have changed all over the city clarifying the new times. Apparently, many people don’t see the new signs.
Think of it this way, it’s not a fine, but a way to support the city, which is short of cash. Someone has to pay for the city’s $18 million budget deficit.
Many people don’t read the news either. Perhaps this is an important reason for you to follow the news: it can save you money and grief. We have written about the meter change many times in the Northwest Asian Weekly and Seattle Chinese Post.
Also, reading can stimulate your mind. It’s a free anti-aging solution and may help in the fight against cognitive deterioration. (end)