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Old 01-19-06, 05:57 PM   #1
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Automobile driver - letter in today's paper. This woman is nuts!!!!!!

Hi everyone, here is a letter to the editor that was in today Winnipeg free Press:

It is titled: It's clear which path to take.

I would like to commend Coun. Harry Lazarenko for his recent comment regarding " ignorant" cyclists on our streets.As an avid motorist, I am harrased daily by not only cyclists, but pedestrians as well. Granted, most of the time there are no sidewalks or paths other than the road, but we need to discourage the very idea that motor vehicles should courtesly share the streets with anyone smaller or cleaner than them.

THe Active Transportation study, would have us believe that only about seven per cent of commuters walk or or cycle to work, but I can tell you that even a few of these radical and often belligerent hippy-types are a huge inconvienience to motorists. I've actually been forced to slow down more than once, or even( if you can believe it) go around some of these people.

One middle aged woman I see often trudging down the street to work and back everyday actually had the nerve to give me a dirty look when I passed her at a speed just over the speed limit, and gave her a little " slush bath"

I say, scrap the whole notion of more studies, more paths, and more weirdos who don't drive everywhere. we should be spending our tax dollars on our overly stressed- health care system instead.

Deborah Smith.
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Old 01-19-06, 06:00 PM   #2
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Wow - think the paper printed it just to show what a crazy she is?
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Old 01-19-06, 06:02 PM   #3
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I will be sending a letter to the editor via E-mail about this lunatic. She says in her letter " I have been forced to slow down, and even go around these people". I say BOO ****ing HOO, I am sure that slowing down must have added 3 seconds to your commute. This woman should stop driving and take the bus.
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Old 01-19-06, 06:07 PM   #4
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I will be sending a letter to the editor via E-mail about this lunatic. She says in her letter " I have been forced to slow down, and even go around these people". I say BOO ****ing HOO, I am sure that slowing down must have added 3 seconds to your commute. This woman should stop driving and take the bus.

No, she should be forced to walk. Jeeze what an attitude... "Oh, I had to slow down... "

I wonder if she runs over small dogs and children.
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Unless I actually see a link to the actual 'letter to the editor', I call bullshyt.
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Old 01-19-06, 06:15 PM   #6
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That letter is obviously sarcastic, if not a complete joke.

Calm down people, someone is having a laugh at our expense. I thought it was kind of funny.

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Old 01-19-06, 06:20 PM   #7
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Irony: the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning.
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That letter is obviously sarcastic, if not a complete joke.

Calm down people, someone is having a laugh at our expense. I thought it was kind of funny.

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Yea, I thought the humor was pretty obvious. And it is all the funnier if it really was published. And if it was don't for one second think the editor who included it didn't see it was good parody.
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Old 01-19-06, 06:31 PM   #9
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Unless I actually see a link to the actual 'letter to the editor', I call bullshyt.
bikepacker, I don't have a link to this story because you need to be a 7 days subscriber. But if you PM me with your name and address, I will mail you the article
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Old 01-19-06, 06:32 PM   #10
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Why does everyone think this letter is made up? It was really printed.
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Old 01-19-06, 06:35 PM   #11
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Does Deborah Smith ever use the pseudonym "Screwtape" by any chance"
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This is complete sarcasm, if the last paragraph on healthcare didn't link her other sarcastic comments to seditary "car" lifestyle, I'm not sure how else she can make it obvious. I'd say she *is* the woman who get's slushed on!
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It could be sarcasm, but knowing some of the people that I do, and their opinions, it could be real, sadly.
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Old 01-19-06, 07:26 PM   #14
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The letter was funny satire
but not as funny as the guys that believed it
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OMG!!! This letter is just more solid proof that bike lanes are the devil!!!
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It sounds like satire....

For example: "we need to discourage the very idea that motor vehicles should courtesly share the streets with anyone smaller or cleaner than them."

And: "I've actually been forced to slow down more than once, or even( if you can believe it) go around some of these people."

LOL.......maybe we need some "cyclist education" programs.....
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WTF is an avid motorist? An avid golfer, cyclist, runner, etc. ok. But an avid motorist?

I love her comment on the overly stressed health care system. Doesn't she realize that it is overly stressed because to many americans are overly sized? If Americans rode bike to work/school, etc we would not be overly sized & the health care system would not be overly stressed.
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I hope her car breaks down ... make her walk a few miles on the road to see what it's like.

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that letter can't be for real... that's gotta be satirical
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I'm willing to believe the letter is for real in that someone actually wrote it and submitted it to the papers. I'm also willing to believe the author wrote it with the intent to "prove by absurdity" the attitude some motorists have regarding sharing the road. Hell, I'd be inclined to write something like that myself and send it in to the press. It's only when people are able to look at something so blatantly extreme and whacked that they can compare it to their own reality and get a good measure of where the differences are. What's scary is that sometimes they can find themselves a little closer to that extreme edge than they first realised.
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It looks like satire to me. Any response should treat it as such. Even if the letter were serious, it would be more effective to treat it as satire:


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Deborah Smith's satire of the dangerous attitude of many drivers hit home with me. . . .
That would be much better than an-all-too-serious response.

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She's taking the pi$$. No doubt about it.
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Anybody have Coun. Harry Lazarenko's recent comment that is referred to ? Her letter will probably make more sense then, but I'm going with the sarcastic views.
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Sarcasm. And over the heads of more than a few readers.
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That is why all the "porky" drivers subscribe to AAA so they don't have to walk! A perfect system of keeping people from having to move with two legs!

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