MidlandToday welcomes letters to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). This letter concerns Midland's new pay parking system.
I've tried on four separate occasions to use my credit cards at the machines in order to run into the bank and each time it tells me the card is invalid or something like that. I was further angered when I called the help number and just got the menu for all town functions instead of a parking person to help me. This took way longer than had I just gone into the bank machine without bothering.
I find myself avoiding going downtown to shop because I can't get the parking meters to work for me. I just don't have time for it.
It isn't fair to the downtown businesses to have to compete with the strip malls who have free parking either.