Letters to the editor: 12-12-2013

December 12, 2013 

Cyclists

The venomous tone of several recent bicycle-related letters begs for a letter with a few offsetting, positive comments.

First let’s get one thing straight: We and most cyclists own a car and pay fees and taxes to build and maintain the transportation infrastructure. That includes vehicle roadways, pedestrian sidewalks and accommodation for the growing number of cyclists.

Cyclists are not stealing an unearned patch of roadway from motorists; we are using services and resources we have bought and paid for.

Next, when you sight a cyclist, consider some of the benefits that you enjoy from their effort: reduced pollution, reduced demand (read lower cost) for gasoline, parking space and health care. Also, cyclists (and pedestrians) create the opportunity for a more livable city with less noise, smaller signs and less area devoted to roads, parking and sprawl. So, next time you need to accommodate a fellow road user on a bicycle, why not just un-gnash your teeth, back off a notch and do it? You’ll live longer and help make our city a better place for all of us.

STEVE & PENNY DUNLAP, Boise

Pedestrians

Read a number of anti-bicyclist letters recently. Of special note was one by a Mr. Adair. It is always preferable to start these letters with areas of agreement. In this case that was easy.

As a bicyclist myself, I think car drivers and cyclists share many interests. Most notably, our hatred of that worst of all traffic impediments — the pedestrian. These people think they are so special. They just walk out into traffic on crosswalks and dare us to hit them. Often times they don’t even have on flashy lights and are hard to see. When they jaywalk it is even worse.

They should be made to wear bright-orange jumpsuits with license numbers on back so we can report them. I don’t know where they get off. They don’t pay anything for sidewalks or roads to walk on. They should have no rights whatsoever. At least cyclists spend money on bikes and gear and pay taxes.

Yes, these elitist pedestrians need to be dealt with, and Mr. Adair and I are onto them. Get off the road and stay out of our yards.

RICHARD RINGELSTETTER, Boise

Otter

It was 6 a.m. and I was at the airport standing in line to board a plane. That’s not particularly noteworthy, except the governor was in line behind me.

Now, I’m sure he could have accepted a more attractive transportation offer on the corporate jet of some titan of industry or pulled the VIP card and sat in a more comfortable section of the plane. Nope, there he was in line, waiting to be seated in the economy section in the middle of a cross-section of his constituency. In the time it took to fly to our destination he talked to mothers and ranchers, students and grandparents. He heard about real issues that affect the citizens of his state while at the same time saving taxpayer money by getting up before the sun to start his work day and flying economy class. Thanks, Gov. Otter.

JOHN FURNISS, Boise

Operation Warmheart

Add some Christmas cheer to 350 young airmen’s families at Mountain Home Air Force Base by donating to Operation Warmheart. Operation Warmheart provides all the fixings for Christmas dinner and children’s toys. This nonprofit organization, run by 366th Fighter Wing First Sergeants, also provides emergency assistance, including food from the base’s pantry and money. Make checks payable to Operation Warmheart, mail to Operation Warm Heart, P.O. Box 4188, Mountain Home AFB, ID, 83648. Contact: walter.booker@us.af.mil or (208) 828-1260 with questions, or to conduct a fundraiser.

CAPT. BILL KIBBLE USAF, (Ret.), Boise

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