EDITOR: Thanks to Lowell Cohn for his column praising the Oakland Athletics (“With power, pitching, drama, storybook A’s bring excitement back to Coliseum,” Thursday).
I grew up a San Francisco Giants fan in the 1960s, but I’ve been an A’s fan ever since they won the World Series three times in a row, and I’ve never regretted it. I confess to being a true believer in Billyball. As they say in the movie “Moneyball,” the A’s are like the island of misfit toys, and I love how they overachieve.
Anyone with money can buy a good team, but the A’s do it the old-fashioned way. They earn it.
Fourth of July concert
EDITOR: Here’s a big thank you to the Sebastopol Community Band for the wonderful Fourth of July concert in Ives Park. What a pleasure to celebrate our country’s birthday with our neighbor’s in such a beautiful way.
Ride on the left
EDITOR: The frequency of bicyclists being hit by cars from behind in Sonoma County and elsewhere throughout the country is pointing out the fallacy of the conventional wisdom that bicyclists should ride on the right side of high-speed roads. An increasing number of bicyclists and bicycle clubs across America now recommend riding on the left side of higher-speed roads, giving riders the chance to take evasive action if a vehicle swerves into their path.
When the speed limit is 20 mph to 30 mph, cyclists’ speeds are comparable to vehicles and should therefore ride on the right. But in fast-lane traffic, when bicycle speeds are more comparable to pedestrians’ walking speeds, cyclists should do as pedestrians do and ride on the left.
I myself have had the experience of a car coming at me at 40 mph on Napa Road, and I was glad I was on the left side and could dive with my bike into a roadside ditch to avoid a vehicle collision.