Prince George's County Government : Allow At-Home Wheelchair Ramps!
Evelyn Strahle is a 91 year old resident of Prince George's County, Maryland. She uses a wheelchair to get around. Her son built her a wheelchair ramp so she could move in and out of her home.
The Prince George's County government says the ramp was not legal because the family did not have a permit. They applied for a permit, but were then denied. Now, Evelyn Strahle is homebound, all because the government wouldn't allow a simple ramp on her own private property.
The above image shows Air Force volunteers installing a home ramp, much like the kind of ramp that the Strahles built for their mother and grandmother.
To Prince George's County Government:
Government overreach has now trapped an elderly woman in her home. You need to allow Evelyn Strahle to have a wheelchair ramp.
The ramp her family built wasn't hurting anyone. To the contrary, it was allowing Evelyn's children to move her safely in and out of the house. The county tried to drag the family to court, even though they did nothing wrong. They were forced to remove the wheelchair ramp.
Insisting on a permit is an unnecessary intrusion into the lives of private citizens. Even when the Strahles applied for a permit, county bureaucrats denied them.
The government has trapped a senior citizen in her home for no apparent reason. Grant the Strahles a wheelchair ramp permit, or - better yet - make the permits unnecessary altogether.