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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

Wary, but still riding

EDITOR: Matthew Wilson's Close to Home column ("Why I'm no longer a cyclist," Sunday) was a chilling bracer before I headed out for my morning ride. After 30 years of cycling the North Bay back roads, I could easily identify with all of his harrowing encounters. I'd have to extend his list to include my own near misses with erratic cyclists and speeding racers on their fantasy tours. In fact, his depiction of having his hand hit by a car was almost identical to one I had recently, except I was hit by a speeding cyclist who zoomed past with no warning and made no attempt to stop. Cars are a lethal danger but not the only one we face on bicycles.

I've had days when I returned home and wondered if it was time to hang up my helmet for good. I've modified riding times and routes, but so far I've overcome that feeling when another beautiful day dawns in our glorious county. More riding requires more responsibility and more care dealing with the crumbling asphalt patches that pass for rural roads around here. Great responsibility, great care, and the reward is the best exercise in the best place on Earth. That's a trade off I'm still willing to make.

JEFF DORAN

Sebastopol

Bishop's edict

EDITOR: It appears that Bishop Robert Vasa has chosen to disregard recent Santa Rosa Diocese history. Approximately 35 percent of active Catholics left the church after the Bishop Patrick Ziemann mess, after the child-molester priests were caught and after the complicit bishops were exposed. But the rest of us stayed to rebuild our broken church. We've kept the faith. We've reconfirmed our faith in our parishes, in our Catholic schools, in our lay ministries and with one another in our daily lives. We didn't need some out-of-town guy wagging a paper as confirmation of our faith. We acted with deep-rooted faith for our Catholic faith.

Vasa tried the sign-my-document tactic before, with disastrous results, in his previous posting in Oregon. Why would he try it again, especially considering the recent history of the Santa Rosa Diocese? Perhaps this tactic of his is more about intra-Catholic politics than anything pastoral or spiritual.

TIMOTHY PARSONS

Santa Rosa


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