Why I'm still cycling
EDITOR: In response to Matthew Wilson ("Why I'm no longer a cyclist," Close to Home, March 10), I must say that biking has become a major mode of transportation for me over the years. I, too, ride miles at a time and have been through life-threatening situations due to reckless drivers. To think that one second, a few feet of distance and a slam on the brakes could be the difference between life and death for me is terrifying. However, I do not have a couple thousand dollars lying around to buy a 3,000-pound metal shield; therefore, I will stay in my bike lane and hope that the drivers will stay in their lanes.
JENIFER MORETTO SIMON
Marriage and values
EDITOR: State recognition of gay marriage falls squarely within our historic Western European values. Since the age of Enlightenment, more than 300 years ago, the trend and theme of our Occidental experience has been emancipation, liberty and individualism.
Liberty of the person, security of property and freedom to love are in fact common-sense views of fundamental human needs, impulses and inclinations. Gay marriage embraces, defends and expands our traditional secular humanistic values.