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Opening Arguments

Helmet Nazis

Poor Jeff Wiehe. He's a perfectly nice young man who writes news stories for The News-Sentinel. He did a story recently about two people who died in a motorcycle accident, making the perfectly reasonable observation that the two were not wearing helmet. That's the first thing people wonder when there's a motorcycle fatality -- was the victim wearing a helmet? -- and if that detail isn't there, we're likely to get calls. But it was too much for one reader, who fired off this rant:

Whatever happened to the principle of unbiased, objective reporting of the news as it happens? I am referring to the outrageous, judgmental trash writing of Jeff Wiehe in reporting the tragic motorcycle accident that claimed the lives of two people on April 21.

Wiehe opened his article with the statement that “A man and woman riding a motorcycle without helmets were killed Monday night.” He makes this statement seem that the lack of helmets, which by the way, is legal in Indiana, was somehow the sole cause of this tragedy.

[. . .]

Wiehe's prejudicial statements seem designed solely to incite fear and outrage in the non-riding public and try to force a helmet law down our throats.

Drat, he's onto us. You wouldn't believe how much money we're getting to push the pro-helmet propaganda. Oh, and I'll get a bonus for this one: What do those in the medical profession call motorcycle riders who don't wear helmets? Donors.

Posted in: All about me


Fri, 05/16/2008 - 10:29am

And what they call motorcycle riders who do wear helmets: Invalids.

Fri, 05/16/2008 - 10:41am

Hmmm... I think the solution is to wear cool-looking helmets.

tim zank
Fri, 05/16/2008 - 7:07pm

All bad puns aside, It should remain a personal choice. Uncle Sam has plenty of other things to keep them busy enforcing, like smoking bans, seat belt enforcement, trans-fats bans, menu disclaimers, parents that spank their kids, 85 year old ladies in wheelchairs at the airport to search, foot baths to build, guns to ban, Gosh, the list goes on and on. What would I do without the help of the government???