DEAR ABBY: Now that California law prohibits drivers from using cellphones and texting while driving, an additional issue needs to be addressed and acted upon. Bicyclists are supposed to abide by the vehicle codes, too, but they rarely do — and that includes not wearing protective gear.
I’m now seeing people on bikes texting, talking while riding and routinely ignoring stop signs. Disappointingly, I have never seen a single rider pulled over or ticketed for doing this. How many lives must be destroyed or lost before the police start enforcing penalties ? — CARING READER, SACRAMENTO, CALIF.
DEAR CARING READER: You’re asking something I have been asking myself for some time.
Many cities promote bicycling as a way to mitigate traffic congestion and encourage a healthier, more active lifestyle. Police may ignore the infractions because they have more serious crimes to attend to. Or perhaps they have been instructed to do so. (If members of law enforcement would like to address this, I’d love to hear from you.)
DEAR ABBY: My son serves on a ship in the Navy in an area known for terrorism. People who know this tell me how safe his ship is, how strong the U.S. military is, et cetera.
Please, people, when I (or anyone else who has a family member in the military) ask for prayers or express concern, do not offer these platitudes.
Offer a hug, a hand-squeeze, say you will pray for us — but understand that until our loved ones are back on U.S. soil, our fears and tension won’t lessen.
— MILITARY MOTHER
DEAR MILITARY MOTHER: Thank you for writing. Sometimes a gesture is more eloquent than words can be.
TO MY JEWISH READERS: Tonight at sundown, Yom Kippur, our Day of Atonement begins. For observant Jewish people, this is a time to fast, to reflect, to pray and formally repent for any sins that might have been committed during the previous Hebrew year. To all of you, may your fast be an easy one.