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death to cyclists

The following letter ran in Friday's Tribune. Better watch out. This guy sounds nuts.
   Critical Mass serves no good purpose
   I am responding to your recently published essays on the "bicycle debate" (Insight, Oct. 25). 
   Alex Harvill, defending bicyclists, is, in my humble opinion, completely out of bounds. Since when does Critical Mass decide for a private individual how he or she will get across town? The last time I checked, it is quite legal for a person to drive alone in an automobile. If Mr. Harvill doesn't like that, well, too bad. 
   One should remind Mr. Harvill that in a confrontation between an automobile and a bicycle, it is more likely that the bicyclist will lose. If Critical Mass riders continue to engage in stupid and unsafe behavior, it is quite likely that riders, such as Mr. Harvill will find themselves pinned beneath an axle with a body crushed to a pulp.
   Critical Mass is engaging in illegal and dangerous activities. I encourage the editors of the Portland Tribune to not give a voice to its representatives. Let's disband Critical Mass and keep Portland civil and safe.
   Gerry Gratton
   Southeast Portland

may I have 10,000 marbles please? 16.Nov.2002 20:12


does this give you any ideas as to what to do with jackoffs on bikes?

Ohhh, my achin' crushed to a pulp body 16.Nov.2002 20:17


here's a link, there's a pro CM letter right after it. http://www.portlandtribune.com/viewcurr.cgi?id=14946

censor flownder 16.Nov.2002 20:34

Lamet W Vali

It is painfully obvious that flownder made that mean remark purely to disrupt the site. Censor it immediately, or admit that you reserve such treatment only for myself and FWR.

One marble per bike? 16.Nov.2002 23:58


One marble per bike?
One marble per bike?

no just 100 for the first 100 bikes 17.Nov.2002 07:24


that would cause a big enough pile up that it would resonate...

Question: What is that stupid symbol? car going downhill?

downhill grade?

May I have a bunch of bananas, please? 17.Nov.2002 10:32

Banana man

does this give you any ideas as to what to do with the jackoffs in SUVs? (hint: tired of smelling what comes out of their tailpipes?

suck my tailpipe 17.Nov.2002 11:57

Dodge Ram V-8 driver

I drive my 5.9 liter V-8 to work in an office 25 miles from home every day...

My only regret, is that when I trade it in. Next time I'm buying the V-10 diesel. the fuel is cheaper...

From what I understand these are really catching on..

I love the smell of diesel fuel in the AM...


Dodge Ram 17.Nov.2002 16:30


Drive it if you can afford it?
Can you really afford it?
Maybe you think the war with Iraq will breing in more oil, and lower the price.

wow, you've been reading my posts. 17.Nov.2002 20:26

ram driver

yes, it will lower the price of oil.

for those who don't know it, right or wrong, maintainable or not, the world's economy runs on oil.

In the game Age Of Empires, the world runs on Gold. No gold, then you are an endangered species..

In today's world, it runs on cheap oil. Period.

There is no real alternative.

yeah yeah, we can all burn own on poop and live in mud huts, like that is going to happen.

Cheap oil, booming economy...

It maybe sick, twisted, and/or insane, but you know I'm right, and that is why you are so bummed out...


FWR hits home run 17.Nov.2002 22:28

Lamet W Vali

Yes FWR, you hit the nail on the head. Doesn't it strike you as strange, though, that EVERYBODY knows this and nobody cares.

I actually saw a letter in the Oregonian this week, saying "sure attacking Iraq is about oil, and what's wrong with that?"

And people wonder why I'm bitter.

SOMEBODY HAD TO SAY IT 17.Nov.2002 23:12


It's about time!

Brace yourselves for more 9-11s 18.Nov.2002 17:51

GRINGO STARS gringo_stars@attbi.com

Remember the 9-11 attack on U.S. civilians?

THAT is why not to attack Iraq.

THINK, geniuses: slaughtering people for an extra 2 dollars in your pocket is PISSING THE WORLD OFF. Some of them are going to actually strike back, while most all of them WANT to. Not at heavily-defended military bases, either. It's much easier to attack U.S. CIVILIANS, even after Poindexter's thought-police program.

Want to be smug and glib and an a**hole? Want that "lower price for gas?" Then brace yourself for more attacks on U.S. soil against U.S. civilians.

Is that a good enough reason to act like an adult in our foreign policy? Take away a terrorist's cause and he won't go to the extremity of suicide to achieve his goals. Start acting right, and there won't be any self-righteous terrorists attacking you. YOU! Your mother, father, brother, sister, lover, son, daughter - DEAD BECAUSE WE WANT CHEAPER GAS. It's your morality call.

Violence is a two-way street. No matter how one-sided particular battles *seem* to be in the U$A's favor, there are repercussions. Always.

Contemplate this, geniuses.