Good points in the article, though it would be better with more specific examples of real history instead of vague nuh-uh. And for all the concern about authenticity, may I suggest not calling it "Fells"? That's what drunk frat boys call it.
As a public high school teacher I like the idea above to get the parents involved. I do not like the idea of telling a student to stop a behavior and when they don't to just move on. That weakens one's authority and breeds dissent. At what point will the teacher then be serious and have to say I really extra mean it this time pretty please!? The student and desk should have been removed from the classroom if she would not comply and then promptly dealt with away from the audience. What kind of society will we have if our rules are wantonly disregarded? This was a prime time to educate but now I fear the wrong message was sent.
Sudden elaborate crackdown on ordinances that have hardly been enforced for decades? Sudden rash of new ordinances regarding an activity or item that's been around forever? It can only mean one thing: It's become popular among black people. It's okay, though. I'm sure those nice officers just want to take those young fellas home and have a helpful chat with their parents, just like in the white 'burbs. Thank goodness we have the BPD to keep Baltimore s'gosh darn wholesome.
—"Vince Gay," Oct. 28
Because it's against the law. Because it is a nuisance to your neighbor. Because it's disruptive, etc., etc., etc., etc. There are too many reasons why not to do it. Just because that's what you want to do, doesn't make it ok.
The problem is that the majority of these people riding them are doing it wrecklessly and endangering themselves and other people.
—"Amy Jordan," Oct. 28
I don't care about the willies or the lack of helmets, but I do not like that they block traffic as they pass by, or the implied threat if I should collide with them. They can do what they do without messing with me, and they should.
This article states it perfectly clear: out-of-towners are coming in to clog the streets with their dangerous moves because they know they can. Enough is enough. I've lived here long enough to know that kids doing wheelies down Pratt Street wasn't the way it always was. Stop making dirt bikers look like innocents. As a tax payer and homeowner, don't I have the right to enjoy an afternoon of quiet or do these kids with their loud-ass bikes ruining my peace and quiet have more of a right? Fuck that.