Thanks so much for your permission. Thankfully, more people in the area are getting into healthy habits (like cycling) after seeing nearly 7 out of 10 American adults become overweight. I'm sure that people taking on healthier lifestyles irritates a lot of people (for unknown reasons), but I will continue to make my choices without consulting the tfp opinion pages, and without regard for how many ignorant or overweight people harass me about my choices.
I could try to explain why riding a bike to the top of a mountain is a rewarding challenge, and riding back down feels like flying, and that all of this costs nothing and makes a person quite healthy and strong, but I think it would fall on deaf ears. Maybe I should talk more about the spandex?
This seems pretty much like a repeat of an opinion article on here a few months ago from someone (strangely enough) who was also fixated on spandex.
Who would profit from what this writer is suggesting "for safety"...gee, I bet maybe it's the writer or one of his/her buddies.
If we're going to ban anyone from going over mountains, how about banning the drivers that go over the mountains at breakneck speeds and nearly run anyone else off the road. I see that every time I go over a mountain, whether on a bike, motorcycle, or car.
I have noticed most people getting larger and larger over the years, yet I have never said one word when a person's size forces me to give more room when passing in a stairwell, grocery aisle, airplane seat, etc.
We should organize an open carry group ride event around chattanooga to show that this is a cycling-friendly, freedom-loving city.
...He said he also felt the pressures of a huge backlash from the public against all things Washington, D.C...
You mean, like voting for bailouts? Yes, yes indeed that is backlash that you feel.
The medical examiner's report says he "advanced toward officers with a pistol and screaming suicide by cop."
I think if you brandish a pistol and walk toward officers while yelling, yes you're probably going to get shot. What else would you expect?
Sure this guy needed help, but once he became a deadly threat to everyone within sight of him, that obviously changed things.
59 shots seems excessive, but I don't know how many officers were there. If there were 10 officers, it is very reasonable each one could get 6 shots off before they see the situation is over.
If police did not fire those shots, this could have easily turned into 5 cops dead followed by suicide.
Obama collected $71,000 from BP in 2008.
The judge HAD less than 15k invested in a drilling company in 2008. Could have been $100 for all we know, and could be $0 today for all we know.
Bob Corker..the same one who voted for bailouts? No thanks Mr. Corker, you lost my trust when you were bought, bullied, or fooled by the financial sector with the rest of congress in 2008.
Vote out anyone who supported bailouts. I'm a lifelong republican, but I will not be voting for Corker ever again. And forget Wamp for governor, he's another bailout-lover.
SeaSmokie59er - All legitimate points, I don't think most CCW holders (myself included) want to play hero. I would have just gotten the heck out of dodge.
And yes..when I take my kids home at night, which unfortunately is close to sites of very recent meth busts and other assorted crimes, my .45 does make me feel a little safer. I don't think that's a personal 'issue'.
signalmtnman - I am merely pointing out that even though there was a big uproar when the gun laws changed recently, and Chattanooga decided to ban guns in parks, that ban had no effect on criminals, who I agree should not own or be carrying guns. Restrictions only affect law-abiding citizens, who by the way are not visiting Coolidge park and having gangsta gun parties.
Times Free Press - Thanks for providing the list of shootings this year. I think that was added after my gun laws comment, because I didn't notice it before. Please also indicate which of those crimes were committed by people who were legally in possession of a weapon at the indicated times and places. That will give us the full picture of which laws can be uselessly tweaked some more.