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Loud pipes save lives

Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to the letter published on April 5 in regards to the rally not being welcomed.

Dear Mr. Smith:



So, I sat down to eat my lunch and read my paper like I do every day when I came across your letter. No, I didn’t throw up my lunch, but I did laugh my butt off. Sounds like you have a little fear when it comes to the “biker” community. Don’t worry, I am a 5-foot tall female who weighs in at a whopping 92 pounds; I won’t hurt you.

Being a Harley owner myself, I of course feel like I need to help you get a clue.



First of all, the point of Harley riding is not to “make a bunch of noise.” The point of Harley riding is too deep to explain to a person like yourself, because I doubt you would be interested. You call the revving of the motor a “pointless act.” I can assure you that it is not pointless. If you knew anything about the machines you so openly put down, you would know that loud pipes save lives – many lives. And mostly because single-minded people (also like yourself) do not look for riders when you are driving. I guarantee you will hear me before you see me, if you see me.

Secondly, I feel the Fourth of July is the perfect time to bring Harley owners together in our great little town. What a symbol of patriotism to have American-made machinery line our streets for the one day (I know how long one day must seem to you) that we should stand up and say we are proud to be American and proud to buy American.

I would like to thank the city of Glenwood and all Glenwood residents for allowing this to take place. It is a thrill to see the non-riders welcome us to spend a little time in this beautiful town.

In closing I would like to say get a grip, Mr. Smith. It isn’t as if we are coming to take your wives and daughters back with us. Also, your estimate of 800 bikes is pretty low. I have called all the bikers that I know to make sure they come to Glenwood Springs to show their love of riding as well as their love of our country. And just whose new community center is it? I believe the center was built for everyone in the community, not just for “your” kind of people.

Live to Ride, Ride to Live.

Jennifer Beck

Rifle


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