, Salem, MA


June 29, 2013

Letter: Motorcycle editorial was off-base

To the editor:

It was with disappointment that I read your editorial regarding the noise issue concerning motorcycles (“As summer heats up, watch out for motorcycles,” June 26).

If, as reported by The Salem News, safety may be improved by loud, obnoxious blasting of a muffler, I would like to suggest that all bicycles be given air horns and pedestrians cow bells. That, I’m sure, will result in “safer” transportation.

Most people do not need to be proceeded by a “Here I come everyone, here I come” blast of noise. It is pollution by every sense and definition and a nuisance for all of us 95 percent non-motorcycle riders.

If you want to weave in and out of traffic and not follow common laws and courtesy, the law of physics still apply. Slow down, shut up.

Eric Olson


Text Only | Photo Reprints

AP Video
Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel
Comments Tracker
Roll Call
Helium debate