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Written on Letter: Elitist Mountain Bikers:

in response to ezduzit:

I can't believe that Metro Pulse even published this letter. I understand freedom of speech but Holly's letter has so many unsubstantiated claims it is ridiculous. I did a search on Holly and ran across a few more of her unsubstantiated articles and letters. I work in the environmental industry and I can guarantee that this woman has no clue what she is talking about. Has Holly even seen the trails she is complaining about? Before the mountain bike club came in, many portions of the trail system were a complete dump that is now cleaned up. I go there frequently and the whole system provides a recreational opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts and local residents. There is no question that the trail system has improved the quality of life for so many including the rich, poor, black, white, and any combination you can think of. And greenways....has Holly bothered to look at the MPC long-term plans for the greenway system? It appears to me that the greenways will/are evenly distributed across all sectors of the county and city. The City just finished up a new segment of the greenway alongside the interstate at Papermill. Holly has offended the hard work of so many with this letter it would be impossible to list them all. Please Holly, move somewhere else. Knoxville does not need your ignorance and prejudice.

"move somewhere else"— yet another conceit of the high bourgeois. poor people can't move places, silly.

Written on Letter: Elitist Mountain Bikers:

I feel that all of the above commenters would do well to reread the letter. Haworth was not attacking anyone's right to be a mountain biker, but merely drawing attention to the disparity in rights between those who ride bikes for transportation versus those who ride for entertainment. Not to mention that a letter to the editor is not an article and primarily expresses an opinion rather than a body of research data. As someone who rides for transportation, rather than just for fun, I find Haworth's assessment of the situation very valid. The truth is, I have lived in several cities in the US and Knoxville is severely lagging in this arena. Even something as simple as the awareness that bicycles belong in the street and not on the sidewalk seems to be missing. It seems from your comments that you all read the title (written by MetroPulse, I have no doubt) and skipped actually reading the letter. The disproportionately hostile reaction to this opinion makes me think that perhaps she has struck a nerve— that perhaps the guilt associated with your white privilege is exerting itself as meaningless aggression. It's a common trope for the haute bourgeois to repeat the mantra "I am by no means wealthy," as if speaking it will make it so. But, I suppose Voltaire knew best: "No man is satisfied with his fortune, yet every man is satisfied with his wit."

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