The news report on the Chandler one-way agenda item picked up resident Dink O'Neal's comment about residents' defending their rights with pitchforks ("Council delays one-way decision," Feb. 25). He made another, more provocative, remark. In dismissing my expressed concerns at the meeting for the safety of the bikeway users, he remarked that the absence of bodies does not mean they are yet to come. Given the context, I interpreted that to mean that since no bikeway user has been injured by a car to date, it's not a justifiable concern to think that it won't happen at some future date. By my observation, the room was not packed with opponents. It was mostly the same regular council speakers for whom Chandler was this week's cause. For me, O'Neal's remark was worrisome as well as reactive.
I was dismayed to think that those in attendance may have shared that sentiment without reservation.