to the funeral of david "judd" harris.
this has been a terribly hectic week, or two.
with friends getting run over and nearly killed,
one cyclist getting run off the road, knocked out,
and left for dead by a "buzz and run"
while another cyclist is run over and killed,
not one single charge has been filed.
the ONLY response from the collective consciousness
of iowa law enforcement
has been a cold, smug, corporate reply touting
the state patrol's affiliation with ragbrai.
ragbrai, for christ's sake.
they just don't get it.
this phrase has been employed to refer to george w for countless reasons,
any number of u.s. senators and others
who grope and otherwise offend women,
and many many others over the years.
but the topic is the slaughter of you and me, our friends, family members,
people who are doing nothing other than riding bikes.
WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE?
i know there are many people who read this blog
[thanks to you all, by the way]
who read the des moines register.
why haven't you written letters?
why hasn't the des moines register taken
an official position on the deaths and torment of bicyclists?
why isn't the letters pages--not that insipid online comment shit--
FILLED with outrage and stories of abuse and neglect
aimed at cyclists and commited by motorists
and complacent law enforcement officials?
we've bitched ad nauseum on bikeiowa and elsewhere.
that's not enough.
tell your stories of being nearly killed,
and of trying to get law enforcement to do ANYthing.
dave? d corn? do i need to list you all?
and why hasn't the register itself championed this issue?
my gut feeling is that the gannett company doesn't see this as a sufficiently attractive issue.
so what about cityview?
aren't THEY always hurting for REAL topics?
why don't you flood THEM with letters?
THEY'LL cover it.
especially if you tell them that you went to them
because the register won't touch it.
it's time to stop bitching,
and to start DOING something.
call and send letters to the county attorney.
polk county attorney--criminal bureau
206 6th avenue, #200
des moines, iowa 50309
dallas county attorney
207 n. 9th street, #a
adel, iowa 50003
the des moines register
letters to the editor
p.o. box 957
des moines, iowa 50306
now write the damned letters.