The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 25, 2012

Not tacky, charitable

I read with interest the letter to the editor published on Sunday that primarily was an effort to complain about the noise and inconvenience caused by the charitable motorcycle ride that left Sunbury on Sept. 15. The letter irritated me frankly, but I dismissed it because everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, once I got to the part where you said "the cyclists … create a tacky atmosphere in the area", well let's just say my ire increased.

I've ridden in countless charity events over the years. I have ridden over 100 miles just to get to some rides.

These "tacky" men and women I associate with are comprised of business owners, doctors, lawyers, government officials, law enforcement, fire fighters, clergy and countless other professional and hardworking laborer type folks.

Many of these riders are also veterans or support veterans' causes. Each and every one reaches deep in their wallets to pay for the privilege to ride in one of these events in support of a cause they personally believe to be righteous.

I have ridden for cancer research, memorial scholastic scholarships, support for children's organizations, child abuse awareness and countless events such as this one, to benefit a family in their time of loss and need.

The riders themselves were inconvenienced by a delay when we received information that the mayor had called to request the ride be delayed because of a wedding being conducted near the bridge. Some riders had already been there for hours waiting to ride but I heard not one complaint in the crowd of hundreds.

So see, we do care.

Sure these rides can be loud.

And yes, they can cause some traffic delays, but no more so than an occasional parade or the repeated train traffic through town.

Anytime you see a larger group of motorcycles, be there 20 or 4,000, you can bet that they are riding for a cause, a cause that may directly or indirectly help you or your neighbor.

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