Motorists vs. Bikers Letters Tedious

RECEIVED Sun., June 27, 2010

Dear Editor,
    The letters to the editor are one of my favorite parts of the Chronicle, as it gives a forum for people to add often very interesting information (or rebuttals) to articles or raise issues that are otherwise not covered in the Chronicle.
    However, the one subject that I have seen endlessly droning on over the years with nothing new ever being added is the letters from motorists complaining about cyclists and letters from cyclists complaining about motorists.
    These letters are usually run without an original article to make them pertinent, and printing them only serves as a public forum for two groups to make sweepingly generalized accusations about the other.
    Printing letters from either camp extolling their own virtues while denigrating the other's serves no public interest, raises no new issue, and takes space away from much more interesting letters. I would like to suggest that in the future car vs. bike letters only be printed if they pertain to a specific article or issue in order to stop fanning the flames and free up the column space.
Thank you,
Gwendolyn Norton
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