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Tea partiers earned tickets

The 70-plus tea partiers who returned to their cars near City Hall last week to find $35 parking tickets have a right to be annoyed, just as they have a right to demonstrate against government spending and health care reform. But all indications are that they were parked illegally. As City Council member Sue Schlapp, who attended, put it: "I think it said 'no parking.' People parked. It's just that simple." In fact, given the strong political flavor of the event and the participation of elected officials, it would be more troubling if police had used "a little discretion," as Vice Mayor Jeff Longwell suggested, and not ticketed vehicles. Illegal parking is illegal parking.