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Motorcyclists have right to express themselves

Date published: 12/12/2013

Motorcyclists have right to express themselves

Donnie Johnston's column on Dec. 6 implies that motorcycle clubs riding in remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day are disingenuous and a nuisance. To criticize others for honoring the memory of heroes (the ones who died that day and the ones who sacrificed everything in response to the attack) is both insensitive and irreverent. In today's fast-paced, disposable world, people who choose to remember others and the tragedies they endured should have the right to express that memory and respect in any way they choose.

More pointedly, veteran motorcycle-club members have sacrificed for their country in ways that Mr. Johnston and I never have; if freedom of expression must be earned, these guys have most certainly paid that price. Instead of suggesting "grizzled" veterans should be self-flagellating in deference to Pearl Harbor, Mr. Johnston ought to stand by the side of the road with a thank-you sign during the next honor ride.

Morgan Carpenter