Letters to the Editor

Take the annual event with a cup of tea and some tolerance

I read Mary Morse’s commentary and was sorry to hear of her experience. (“Motorcycle ride creates hardship for many,” Sept. 18)

I do think her petition is wrong and will result in only negative consequences for the islanders.

I am not a member of the Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts. I neither oppose or support their events. I do support activities on the island and embrace with tolerance the wide range of activities, groups and ultimately individuals who join them.

We are a group of diverse islanders with a high level of tolerance. Mary’s petition is the first step in removing such tolerance. Many people I know on the island do not like the inconvenience, the strangers and the noise of the Strawberry Festival. We do tolerate it for the tradition. I do not like swerving into oncoming traffic during the numerous unannounced bicycle events on the island. But I support these groups’ desire to have these events (even without notice). I also embrace the reality that 20 people call each other on a Thursday night to have a fire on the beach the next evening (without notice). I also respect the right of people to gather and protest on all four corners at the stoplight of the street corner (without notice), although it brings inconvenience and discomfort at times to me.

Mary, in lieu of a petition that vents your anger, I suggest you do what many do on the island. Note it on your calendar, grab a cup of tea and enjoy the day. Regards to you, Mary.

— Joe Leysath

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