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    The cure for road rage is anti-cycling laws

    Op-ed piece by yet another tragically ignorant and angry motorist. Looks like it's time for a letter to the editor. My formula for getting them published: pick one and only one idea to express, keep it short, 5 sentences at the most, make it clever or at least entertaining, and make sure it is typo-free so the editors can publish it in its entirety.
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    The cure for road rage? Bike laws

    By Monique Doyle Spencer | August 13, 2009

    I WANT TO Be Kind to Cyclists. Sincerely. I want to Share the Road, Be Green and Ride the Hub. There’s one tiny barrier. Cyclists give me road rage. Morning. Noon. Night.

    I’ve been driving through Longwood medical area during rush hour. I should be walking, I know. My heart does get its morning exercise, though, just through panic attacks. I see the swarm of cyclists ahead. My body tenses, my blood pressure soars.

    First, they call themselves cyclists, which is a Lance Armstrong word, not a word for anyone who is riding their childhood bike through Harvard Square with a basket on the front. They remind me of the flying monkeys from the “Wizard of Oz.’’ They will come out of nowhere and swerve in front of me. A whole pack of them will stop for a second, with their bottoms facing me, and they communicate with those bottoms. Most of their messages are negative. A raised bottom means “Get off the road, you gas-guzzling pig!’’
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    Isn't the cure for road rage getting rid of cars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dipy911 View Post
    Isn't the cure for road rage getting rid of cars?
    No. The cure is to eliminate egotistical operation of all vehicles.

    -Kurt

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    seems like she was taken to task quite well in the comments. Not very often when you see pro-cycling comments outnumber anti-cycling comments in one of these hack pieces.

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    Wow, theres people out there paying that much attention to my butt? Here my hindside is throwing out taunts and I didnt even know it!!

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    J&B Scotch: The Antidote to Road Rage!

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    So...we should ride by the same rules, but she doesn't want us to actually use a lane? Are these people that dumb that they can't not contradict themselves within the space of a few sentences?

    Active people are the healthcare crisis? Not obesity? Hmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billyymc View Post
    So...we should ride by the same rules, but she doesn't want us to actually use a lane? Are these people that dumb that they can't not contradict themselves within the space of a few sentences?

    Active people are the healthcare crisis? Not obesity? Hmm.
    The author apparently lives in "opposite world."
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    Meh. Uneducated hate. Too bad she's been given a platform.

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    Or her own dream/fantasy world. What was she smoking, drinking, popping, snorting, or shooting when she wrote that?
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    Depends one who's butt that is facing me. I wouldn't mind if it's a hot chick's tush.
    Road Rage is everywhere. Too many egotistical vehicular operators these days. Not worth the aggravation to try and one up the other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cod.peace View Post

    By Monique Doyle Spencer | August 13, 2009

    I WANT TO Be Kind to Cyclists. Sincerely. I want to Share the Road, Be Green and Ride the Hub. There’s one tiny barrier. Cyclists give me road rage. Morning. Noon. Night.

    [/I]

    No one "gives" anyone "Road Rage" . . . . more commonly known simple as Rage.

    That's like saying someone "made me feel a certain way".

    It's just another excuse to say "It's not my fault". No one "makes" you feel anything. You feel what you feel based on your own emotional processes and degree of consciousness.

    If someone pisses you off on the road(or anywhere for that matter) . . .weather on bike, in car or walking on air . . . . take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself why you are so angry . . . if one can muster the courage to do without acting out first. The challenge is to not run away . . . .feel the pain . . .and let it go.

    Simple . . .yet difficult.

    That will reduce with the "rage" we speak so ardently of.

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    Apparently the Rush Limbaugh idea that being a fat ass drug addict has lower health care costs is really on the rise. This author also believes that athletes are expensive and fat ass bums are cheap.

    Do these people look around when they're in a hospital? It's not full of athletes.

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    Good points from Garthr and crhilton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GodsBassist View Post
    Meh. Uneducated hate. Too bad she's been given a platform.
    Yeah but it's only the Boston Herald, which is almost as credible as the National Enquirer.
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    Didn't read ALL the comments, but what I did read was a bit of a surprise -- more pro than con about bikes, as mentioned above. And the con comments were so WEAK.....

    I do, however, take exception to the equally weak pro comment that scofflaw riding is safer; in a word, BULL! It's just an illusion, bolstered by the 4-wheel road-ragers.

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    [QUOTE...... A whole pack of them will stop for a second, with their bottoms facing me, and they communicate with those bottoms. Most of their messages are negative. A raised bottom means “Get off the road, you gas-guzzling pig!’’[/I][/QUOTE]

    Fear me and my talking butt. It possesses a vocabularly which is profound & dangerous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Merkel View Post
    Fear me and my talking butt. It possesses a vocabularly which is profound & dangerous.
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    Obviously, the guy's like a 12th level white wizard or something. His mere presence is a danger to mortals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cod.peace View Post
    The author apparently lives in "opposite world."
    If she thinks that Butts talk to her then IMO she needs a good shrink.
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    Why do major media give these types of hack jobs a route to reach many readers? Freedom of the press, we believe in. How about responsibility of the press?

    I had a letter to the editor published in Boulder, in response to another letter to the editor. They saw fit to publish a letter not only highlighting some of the possible problems with vaccines (granted, some exist), but claiming that vaccines don't work. Uh huh, they don't work. Ever even seen anyone with smallpox?

    The problem, as I see it, is that the letters that do get published are at least cogent. Of course, they often hold absurd and misinformed points of view. It is other idiots, and there are many, who will be persuaded by this garbage to not vaccinate their children and run cyclists off the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
    No. The cure is to eliminate egotistical operation of all vehicles.

    -Kurt
    So you want a third party to always control vehicles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tadawdy View Post
    Why do major media give these types of hack jobs a route to reach many readers? Freedom of the press, we believe in. How about responsibility of the press?

    I had a letter to the editor published in Boulder, in response to another letter to the editor. They saw fit to publish a letter not only highlighting some of the possible problems with vaccines (granted, some exist), but claiming that vaccines don't work. Uh huh, they don't work. Ever even seen anyone with smallpox?

    The problem, as I see it, is that the letters that do get published are at least cogent. Of course, they often hold absurd and misinformed points of view. It is other idiots, and there are many, who will be persuaded by this garbage to not vaccinate their children and run cyclists off the road.
    It's my fault. People like me read the newspaper mostly because the editorials are so entertaining. Sorry, I can't help it.

    Incidentally, my paper recently published an excellent article discussing vaccines. It was by a medial professional who actually knew what they were talking about. You know, someone other than Jenny McCarthy.

    I always hope that most people either don't read these articles, already agree or disagree with the thesis, or can spot an idiot. The effect being that these articles do nothing more than print the topic discussed.

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