RIGHT OF WAY

This is terrific. Bicyclists have the right of way. Move over Rover, I’m coming through. Bike lanes are great. They give bicyclists a special lane to ride their bikes in. They can feel safe and have no fear of getting hit by cars. They all ride at safe speeds and observe all the rules of the road.

Or do they?

I have trouble with bicyclists who won’t stop at stop signs, much less red lights. They just take a look and see if the road is clear of cars approaching them. Cars, trucks and motorcyclists all stop at red lights and stop signs. Why not bicyclists?

Oh, they’re different.

It seems they should all be wearing helmets. I have accident and liability insurance. I have a driver’s license, I have registered my vehicle. Do bicycles have insurance? Do they have a bicyclist driver’s license? Have they registered their vehicle? Are their brake lights and headlights working? If not, why not? They’re on the road. It seems DMV should start doing their job. Oh, they haven’t got the time. Oh, they only deal with motorized vehicles. Then the local cities should be making sure these riders are qualified to ride the road. Think of all the revenue they could raise. Think of all the citations the local police department could issue. This could mean double the revenue. It’s well worth the thought.

Bicyclists should definitely be careful on the road. You may be right, but you don’t want to be dead right.

~  F. GILBERT NYERGES

PASADENA

JUST SAY IT, MAN

To the editors of Pasadena Weekly, what in the world is this review (Film, May 23)? You can publish this rant about how comedies made by men are better? Let’s try a review that uses film theory that doesn’t rely on name dropping other comedies. I can’t stress enough that this comes off like a personal opinion and it’s a shame that Pasadena Weekly supports the homophobic and sexist. He thinks he’s sly by using phrases like “rest assured,” but just say it, man. Just say what you want to about the lesbian scenes in the film and let the paper publish it because clearly they will publish anything.

His negative use of the phrases “millennial” and “PC culture” show a problem with how out of touch this review is. If you didn’t like the film, totally fine. To act like females being “raunchy” is a problem is unacceptable. Seems like you don’t like women in the driver’s seat as directors and writers either. Wow. I’m hoping this doesn’t weigh into major aggregates because it’s undoubtedly personally biased with no critique of the filmmaking.

~  MICHAEL WORTHINGTON    

VIA EMAIL

A HUMAN UNIVERSAL

The guest feature on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests was timely and needed. Catherine Bauknight should be commended for her bravery in continuing to frame and snap photographs as soldiers opened fire on the students. It’s unfortunate, however, that she writes about repression in China only using the past tense, of events that happened “before discovering the rewards of capitalism.”

Instead, the situation today is still repressive and, like in so many countries, trending for the worse. At the same time, private wealth has been on a consistent rise. That implies human freedom is not as much a question of property ownership, but basic ownership of one’s own life and labor.

The constant demand for that base line continues into the present with hundreds of strikes over the past year in the United States and more than a thousand strikes in China. The work stoppages span manufacturing, education, health, and transportation and overflow the bulwarks of official union bureaucracy. They are not removed in spirit from the women’s marches and smaller groups of women who demonstrate in China, risking arrest, or from racial minorities in either country struggling for visibility and dignity.

The ever resurgent call for democracy and self-determination within the society, the workplace, and the family is a human universal, not discovered from outside. That universal is the bane of existence for any elite group that consolidates power and wealth unto themselves, whether their slogans extol collectivism or privatism. Reflecting back on the Tiananmen student strike should also propel us into the future.

~  BUDDY BELL

MONROVIA

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