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This question from MNB reader Monte Stowell:

Simple question. Why should an EV Owner get a prime parking spot over any other customer? What about the elderly customers who have probably been a long time good customer?  What about the handicap parking spots? What about the soccer mom who has 3-4 kids and spends big dollars weekly?  With all due respect, an owner of an EV should not deserve a better parking spot than any other customer. 

I'm okay with it.  I'm happy to give an EV owner - or a carpooler, or a pregnant mom, or whatever - priority.  That's not just good public policy, in my view, but also just the right thing to do.  (I think handicapped people get spaces.  As for soccer moms … well, c'est la vie.  I've been a baseball dad, and I never asked for nor needed special treatment.

More email about manual transmissions.   MNB reader Steven Ritchey wrote:

Speaking of driving a manual transmission.  If they become more widespread again, a lot more mechanics will need to learn how to drive them.

I have a 1991 ford F150 I use when I need a truck.  It's a manual 5 speed.  To me it's no big deal, I learned to drive on a 3 on a tree.  In fact, I like the idea that whatever you toss me the keys to, I can drive it.

The stories I can tell about times I've taken this one in for routine service, or for a state safety inspection only for the shop to struggle to find someone that could drive it.

My brother used to have a Jeep with a six speed manual.  For a time he was doing physical therapy at a hospital that had only valet parking.  They had one valet parker that could drive his Jeep.

There's also a meme floating around with a picture of a shift knob with a shift pattern on it with the caption, "Millenial Anti Theft Device."

Ands MNB reader Rich Heiland wrote:

I share your sense of loss over stick shifts. I learned on one and have owned several. You probably noticed pieces on the passing of muscle cars, most notably the death of the Dodge Challenger. That quickly was followed by news that Dodge will create an electric version of it. What? Seriously? As a former owner of a 1968 GTO I cannot imagine an electric Challenger with an automatic transmission. What are they thinking?