This is the letter he got from me, but a letter to the paper is still in the queue.
Dear Mr. Simpson
I just read your editorial comment about motorcycles. While I have to admit that there are SOME idiots on bikes, I also have to say that by far the majority of all riders are more than responsible and are just exercising the rights we have been given by the constitution of this great country.
Now, I'd have to say a few words about your comments in particular the comment about opening a car door in front of an approaching motorcycle. While it is currently not legal to lane split in Texas, that does not mean it is legal trying to kill a motorcyclist. As a matter of fact IF someone does that having read your column I hope you are aware that you just put yourself into the line of legal fire by publically inciting vehicular homicide. I certainly hope your professional insurance covers that and you can go to sleep with that thought.
What you don't seem to understand is that this motorcyclist, the one you are hating so much is one car less in front of you. In other words: We are doing our thing in order to reduce congestion, instead of increasing it by driving cars. Have you ever compared the footprint of a typical motorcycle to the footprint of a typical car? Just try to think about it in terms of
a) fuel used (ever heard of global warming)
b) road usage (how many times can a motorcycle drive over a certain stretch of road until it does the same damage than a car does in one swoop?)
c) congestion avoidance (How many more MC can you get into the same stretch of road?
d) many, many more
I am sure that by now you KNOW that you in the hot seat. The morning DJ in San Francisco that pulled off a similar stunt a few weeks ao was just barely able to hold on to his job, and I guess you will have to face the same fate. In his case he was at least clever enough to IMMEDIATELY publically apologize, the station donated a sizeable number of $$ for motorcycle safety, ... I think you get the drift.
I will also send a copy of this letter to the owners of the paper you are writing for, and request a public apology, since with the publication of such dangerous nonsense you brought yourself as well as the paper in miscredit.
Have a nice day
Harrison, Bettis, Staff, McFarland & Weems L.L.P.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 655 7511 x 238