Letters: Rules of the road


Joe Soucheray recently focused on the growing problem created by bicyclists who have demanded and received generous accommodations on our city streets but who feel no responsibility to abide by the rules of the road. Some bicyclists blow through stop signs and then are greatly offended when politely informed that they have risked themselves and others with their unlawful behavior. (Typically these folks respond to such input with the only signal they seem to know — the middle finger.)

With rare exception, bikers consistently prove themselves unwilling or incapable of following the rules of the road.

City leaders have created a dangerous situation that will only escalate as we continue to accommodate and encourage recreational biking on streets designed for automobile transportation. It’s time to recognize the obvious: Continued taxpayer indulgence of this hobby is dangerous to the common good. Bikers have other options here in the Twin Cities and should no longer be allowed to put themselves and the rest of us at risk.

Thanks, Joe, for voicing concerns shared by so many.

Barbara Schmidt, Oakdale



From an official standpoint, President Trump canceled the appearance of the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles football team at the White House. Unofficially, the Philadelphia Eagles canceled their appearance. They promised to send approximately 60 players to the congratulations appearance. However, just 24 hours or so before the occasion, they said they were only sending six. This late downgrade was an insult to the president and to the presidential office.

The actions of many players in the NFL are turning sports into politics. Fans don’t want that. Disrespecting the presidential office and the national anthem does not advance their cause. In fact, it alienates many. There are better ways to make their case: The president offered to meet with them to discuss solutions but, so far, the players have refused to “play ball,” so to speak.

I believe the president’s cancellation was justified.

Richard F. McMahon, Maplewood



Could the reason President Trump feels so strongly about athletes taking a knee to the national anthem have something to do with the fact that his birthday is June 14 — Flag Day?

I kind of understand that because it upsets me that the flag flies at half staff every year now on my birthday — Sept. 11.

Elaine Volkert, St. Paul Park







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