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Nanny state feels pretty pushy

In your July 5 edition, which featured reports on Independence Day festivities, Thomas Tinlin (“City wants a cutback on new parking,” Page A1), Boston’s transportation commissioner, defended his intention to wean Boston-area residents from dependence on the automobile by reducing required parking spaces per housing unit. Tinlin said that “if we don’t start to push people to get out of their cars and consider other options, then that behavior is never going to change.”

Here’s a patriotic, independence-minded reply: Don’t push us around.

Rich Parsons