It's pretty obvious that John Forester is here posting because some of us have made some stark accusations publicly, and if shots were being fired at me, I'd like to be close enough so I could shoot back a little.
I've said before I don't always like Mr. Forester's sometimes abrasive style of communication, but I've also said that this trait has it's benefits. He's a fighter, and that may be what it takes to stand up to people who want to brush cyclists aside, off into the gutter.
Now this part of his personality is not politically-correct enough for some of us. But it's exactly what was needed at one time, and probably still is. He's a hammer, and you don't want to use a hammer on a screw, but try hammering a nail with something else.
Frankly, his straight-forward style worked well in getting me out on the road, and I surely haven't been sorry. If he isn't a perfect angel, I won't be disappointed.