laughing at you
Whatever you assume about me based on my comments here is wrong... except I truly don't care about your dogs. Have a nice day.
Both sides are wrong about the same thing: it's not "outsiders" that are providing opposition to their cause. Missoula isn't entirely composed of Nita Maddux's social circle, nor John McFarland's -- and to play the "we're the true locals" card is unproductive all around.
However, it sounds like Maddux went around planning this in a thoughtful way, so in the end I'm more sympathetic to her. There are certainly public events in Missoula that I would not care to attend, and that even go against my values. I give them a wide berth, and suggest that those opposed to the bike ride do the same. And while I'm not opposed to the bike ride in theory, in practice I will be elsewhere - very elsewhere.
Very moving and well-written article.
This is a bad piece and the author should feel bad.
personally i don't trust anyone who looks down on pop music. "a guy and his guitar" gets on my nerves after about 10 minutes.
is this dan brooks' first published column? let's hope it's his last
I couldn't tell if this letter was a parody or not... it certainly read like one. In any case, it's a great Exhibit A for why backlash exists against Missoula's over-entitled bicyclists. (Not all Missoula riders are included in that category, of course... I would suspect the majority learned basic facts such as "bicyclists are subject to motor vehicle laws" before they hit puberty.)
PSA to Claire - you can't have it both ways! You can't expect people who drive motor vehicles and law enforcement to respect you & your bike lanes, when you can't be bothered to respect basic traffic laws. Join the rest of us car-driving plebes in being pulled over unexpectedly by traffic cops doing their jobs. It's part of operating a vehicle; deal with it.
And since we're on the subject, PSA to my fellow motorists in Missoula: bicycles are not some holy, enlightened form of transportation - although you'd think they were, when cars in front of me screech to a halt to let bikes cross Higgins, when the bikes don't have the right of way. I have nearly rear-ended cars due to this problem more than once over the last 7 years. Since bicycles are a major part of Missoula traffic, they need to be treated like traffic and be subject to the same rules & conventions as cars, trucks, and buses. (Pedestrians are a different matter.)
Why do people expect public lands to be as safe as playgrounds? What offends me most about the anti-trapping movement is their unnatural desire for a sanitized wilderness experience. Reality check: animals die on public lands every day, and that includes your precious dogs. Deal with it.
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