Opinion: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 16, 2012

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Opinion,Letters to the Editor

Sidewalks are supposed to be for walkers

Re: "Motorists fuming as bicyclists pack roads," Sept. 13

You could easily rewrite this headline as "Pedestrians fuming as bicyclists pack sidewalks." Daily, I see or am confronted by sidewalk bicyclists while walking in my Dupont neighborhood. These are not usually Bikeshare riders, but adult males riding expensive bikes at speeds that put me at risk when I walk on the sidewalk.

The very name "sidewalk" means a place on the side of the road on which to walk. Unfortunately, your "Rules of the Road" sidebar misled readers when it implied that, outside of one district, bicyclists can ride on sidewalks without restriction.Bicyclists must always yield to pedestrians.

It is not only frightening when a bicyclist coming from behind gives no warning as he speeds into the same handicapped sidewalk cut you are walking through, as happened to me just yesterday. Such behavior has also resulted in injury and even death for some pedestrians.

Jeanne Mallett

Washington

Human Rights Commission goes after wrong target

Re: "Bar owner escapes fine for mocking Marion Barry," Yeas & Nays, Sept. 13

The DC Commission on Human Rights' intimidation of bar owner Tony Tomelden is repugnant.In the words of Larry the Cable Guy, "What the hell is this, Russia?"

It's a long-standing tradition for restaurant owners to name drinks or menu items after infamous or notorious public figures. Cheers to Tony for using a drink to make a political commentary and bringing to light Marion Barry's bigoted, racist comments, for which he was neither admonished, fined nor threatened by the commission.

Whatever happened to the First Amendment or Voltaire's adage that "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it"?

Jeffrey Underwood

Simpsonville, Md.

Goode didn't vote for bank, auto bailouts

Re: "MSNBC cheers on GOP presidential spoiler Goode," Sept. 12

As chairman of a group associated with the Constitution Party of Maryland, I would like to point out that former Virginia Congressman Virgil Goode, the Constitution Party's presidential nominee, is attracting support from Republicans, Democrats, independents and constitutionalists because of his pro-life, pro-traditional marriage and pro-legal American worker record.

Goode didn't vote to take our hard-earned money to bail out the auto industry and Wall Street. He supports free market health care, auditing the Federal Reserve and deporting illegal immigrants.

Mitt Romney's record is anti-life, anti-traditional marriage and anti-free market health care. And he has mainly been silent regarding the deportation of illegal immigrants since President Obama decided not to deport those who came here as children.

Romney is an interventionist who will get us into more wars that will increase our national debt, make us more enemies abroad, and result in more injuries and deaths among our military men and women.

Michael Bertocchi

Chairman and treasurer,

Marylanders for Constitutional Governance

Rockville

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