Letters to the Editor

Letters | Don’t blame all Bikefest attendees for crimes of few; Bestler doesn’t know ‘Yoopers;’ Honoring Dick Elliott;


Don’t blame all

for actions of few

I have been sitting back watching all the people complaining about Bikefest. During Harley week and bikefest, I enjoy watching the bikers and all of the souped up cars they bring with them.

I am here year round and have met many nice people from both rallies The actions of some people can not be blamed on a whole group. Most people I spoke with were polite and many had their families with them. I loved watching all the people having fun.

The traffic was horrible, I agree with that. But there are things that can be done to fix that. Also more public restrooms, that is a year round issue, not just during rallies. There is crime year long here, don't try to put the blame on just one group. By the way, I am a 60-year-old white woman and a retired biker. Put the blame on the person who deserves it.

Barbara Kelly

Myrtle Beach


Bestler got it wrong

on Yooper entry

Re: Bob Bestler May 24 column, “Do Yoopers belong in the dictionary?”

Bob wrote: "Seriously. has anyone except the few thousand ‘Yoopers’ living in Michigan's U.P.(Upper Peninsula) ever heard of Yooper?''

Fact: Practically all of 316,000 living there know and revere being called "Yoopers." Most of the 10 million living in the entire state know the term.

Bob wrote: Michigan U.P. is actually attached to Wisconsin.

Fact: One might say the opposite is true. Michigan statehood was 1837, Wisconsin 1848. The U.P. area is 16,452 square miles, which is larger than the combined area of Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts at 15,684 square miles.

Long live the Yoopers. Down with the Wupsters.

John Teare



Sen. Elliott served

his state well

Former S.C. Sen. Dick Elliott, who died June 7, was a wonderful public servant.

We started out in opposite political parties and sparred early on. But over the years, we became good friends, and I respected him immensely. He made a tremendous difference with his quiet and effective service. We will miss his leadership.

John L. Napier

The writer is a former U.S. Congressman (1981-83) and judge in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (1985-89).