Snarky remarks about ‘spandex’ are unfair to Legacy Trail bike riders

I have to reply to the April 8 guest column in which the author questioned the “veracity” of my Jan. 22 column on the use and abuse of the Legacy Trail by electric powered automobiles. It was a nice, four-syllable-term way of contacting me a liar.

It pains me to have to defend my integrity, but during a newspaper occupation of additional than 50 years – a single that saw me hold the position of senior editor at several day by day newspapers – my veracity was never questioned. And my veracity should not be questioned now.

The writer’s precise contention was that I could not have caught up to the two large-speed electrical devices I referenced mainly because I was heading 10 to 12 mph and they were claiming to be traveling 29 or 30 mph. As my column obviously mentioned, the riders of individuals electrical machines had stopped by the side of the path to examine notes on their speed. Naturally, it is really uncomplicated to catch up to riders who have stopped driving.

Duh.

The author also ridiculed my observation that it was unfortunate to see a younger lady without the need of a helmet using an electric powered equipment that was tricked out to resemble a Harley-Davidson bike. He wrote that any decision to enable kids go without having helmets is “on the parents” and “really none of our business.”