Archive for Friday, November 6, 1998


November 6, 1998


Some mindless bicyclists make it difficult to get the proper respect that law-abiding pedalers deserve.

Just about the time a person is inclined to sympathize with bicyclists who contend they need better protection and more definitive pedaling routes, along comes a fool to weaken the cause.

Like the one recently pumping south along a busy section of heavily traveled Kasold Drive on a dark night. He had not even a hint of a light or a reflector to indicate his presence to people approaching from his rear. Dark, non-reflective clothing, not even shoes with "sparklies" on the back. He was farther out from the curb than he should have been, and he could have been traveling an adjacent frontage road much more safely.

But along he went, seemingly oblivious to the intense danger he was courting with his invisibility on a night when there was no moon and the street lights didn't begin to illuminate him.

Yet had some law-abiding motorist hit the cyclist, imagine the weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth, and the new round of demonstrations at city hall. Motorists again would have been villainized far beyond reason.

Bicyclists have every reason to call for better awareness and treatment in our town, but they also have important responsibilities. Where some of these mindless people are concerned, riding unlighted, running stop signs, speeding along on pedestrian sidewalks and dodging in and out of traffic, there just aren't enough guardian angels in the Heavenly Protection Pool to be assigned to perch on their shoulders.

Crime incorporated

Want to be tracked if you are kidnapped? You can do it for a mere $7,500.

How severe is the fear of crime and violence in our society?

People, such as the rich and famous, who are fearful of being kidnapped now are able to have a microchip implanted under their skin, painlessly we assume, so police can track them in emergencies.

The $7,500 device, called Sky-Eye, is powered by electrical energy from the human body and can be detected by satellites, says the London Times. The bad news is that the surgery to install the chip leaves a tiny scar which might be detected by abductors and "reopened" to remove the device.

Don't be surprised if a lot of celebrities turn to such a "protective" device, our lives and times being what they are today.

The point is often made that criminals rob much from society but also create profit-making industries such as production and creating of security systems and Sky-Eye to fuel the economy.

But think what could be accomplished if everyone could focus more on the positive and productive aspects of life.

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