Mari Totin's complaints about the new parking kiosks are right on the money ("City Parking Kiosks," Aug. 16), but there's more. These kiosks are a parking rate increase in disguise -- and not just because they will accept only increments of one hour on credit cards.
I wonder how many people have noticed that if you return to the kiosk to buy more time, as soon as you punch in your plate number, you start all over, losing the time that you've already paid for. And don't you miss the old days when you could arrive at a meter and there was time left from the last person? That time was bought and paid for, but now the city is charging twice.
And I often arrive at a kiosk only to find it inoperable until I press the green "confirm" button. So I guess somebody forgot to push the button after paying his money and is probably getting a ticket as we speak.
Is it any wonder that people choose not to shop in town?