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Drivers and Pedestrians

Huntsville has a problem: drivers pay little or no attention to pedestrians, even in crosswalks.  It's time for some education, some enforcement, some publicity on this problem.  We don't need to see more people killed crossing the street.   I just returned from a visit to Maine, where there were prominent signs warning motorists to stop for pedestrians and where crosswalks were marked with signs in the middle of the street.  I was impressed with the courtesy that drivers showed to pedestrians there.  Surely we can do the same.


Bicycle racing and doping:  I'm a bike rider, admittedly a 67 year old not in the least like those that ride in the Tour de France, but I'm embarrassed that my sport is known best for doping problems, and I don't like it one bit.  I think that any professional rider who in any way runs afoul of the anti-doping rules should be immediately dropped from whatever race he is in and banned from the sport.  Vino is out of the Tour, and Rasmussen should be as well.  I know that there are those who will say that Rasmussen has only missed being tested during off season and he lives in Mexico where the mail doesn't work very well, but that is no excuse.  He is a pro.  He knows the rules.  He knows when the time he should have been tested has passed, and yet he acts as if it is all OK.  Throw him out.  Throw out the guy wearing the Maillot Jaune and people might, just might, begin to take the problem seriously.

Update:  They actually did it!  They threw out Rasmussen!  Maybe there's hope for integrity in bicycle racing yet.


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