The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 25, 2012

Not tacky, charitable


Rather than complain about the minor 10-minute inconvenience or the noise, step outside and tip your hat to these men and women. During the 9-11 Memorial ride in the Williamsport area, the citizens show up by the tens of thousands every year as the bike procession passes through their area. All, young and old alike, are cheering and waving with American pride.

The particular ride that resulted in the complaint was a benefit ride for the Mahaffey family who recently lost a very young father and his toddler son in a horrifically fatal crash on the Veterans' Memorial Bridge in Sunbury.

I understand this event raised thousands of dollars for a very appreciative family.

Perhaps if others in Sunbury were as charitable as bikers, Sunbury may once again become the kind neighborhood I'm sure you'd like it to be.

So please, before you implore the mayor, the police force or the county commissioners to curtail these events, reconsider the intentional or unintentional consequences of your actions.

Until then, I pray you never experience the grief and financial burden of a double funeral.

You too could someday be in a position where accepting charity, from any "tacky" source, may become a little more palatable. I didn't even know the Mahaffey family but it was an honor and a privilege to ride in this event and help them in some small way. We all know that our contribution in any amount will never ever compensate them for their loss but we do what we can.

I am truly sorry that you were disturbed and/or inconvenienced by this honorable event.

Scott Boop,


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