Letters to the Editor - Jan. 27

January 26, 2011

Give bicyclists a break

To the editor:

The laws, if followed correctly, promote courtesy to all on the road. Most drivers today drive as if they are alone on the road.

If a bicycle is climbing a hill and you pass that bicycle and a vehicle pops over the hill in the opposite direction, you are going to squeeze out the bicycle, leaving the rider defenseless. Be patient, let the bike climb the hill, then pass when safe.

I used to take the whole road when it was unsafe to pass, so this would not happen, because it had happened to me, leaving me laying in the stones with the driver continuing on like nothing happened. I was only 11 years old.

The same applies on turns. A driver cannot see around a turn and should not pass a bicycle until it is safe to do so. I also used to take the road around a turn for the same reason. People would try to pass when unsafe, squeezing out my bike.

Bicycles have as much a right on the road as a vehicle. They are actually good for the road if you'd give them half a chance, in that they promote patience, kindness and thoughtfulness if approached properly.

People who call in anonymously condemning bicycles are promoting their own agendas and are examples of impatience, rudeness and greed. Your mannerism is a danger to all on the road. Your profile fits that of a tailgater or radical lane changer.

All you have to do is show some courtesy when others are present. A bicycle or moped has just as much right to be on the road as you do. If you don't like it and choose to complain in a post like Mail Call, maybe you should re-evaluate your personality while on the road.

In my opinion, those who fit this profile in your present state of mind are no better then an unstable person in possession of a weapon.

Ed Canfield

Falling Waters, W.Va.

Add these studies to 'teen choice' class

To the editor:

Your Jan. 21 story "Teens exercise choice" about programs aimed at reducing teen birthrate contained comments about a curriculum which "addresses contraception and the importance of contraceptives."

I wonder if all this education for the young women involved includes the results of the following three studies showing an increased risk of cancer from the use of oral contraceptives, especially when used by young women who have never been pregnant?

  1. July, 2005, U.N. World Health Organization classifies oral contraceptives a Group 1 Carcinogenic.
  2. October, 2006, Mayo Clinic Meta Analysis shows increased risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women who use oral contraceptives. Greatest risk again shows up for those who have not been pregnant before use.
  3. April, 2009 National Cancer Institute Meta Analysis highlighted the finding that oral contraceptives increase the risk of very aggressive "triple negative" breast cancer in women under 40.

Are these data in the educational materials in this program? Mothers should ask their daughters. The above reports can be found on the Internet.


Richard Giovanoni


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