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Continued: Readers Write (July 24): Detroit, campaign finance, paper's priorities, motorcycle accidents, VIP value

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Dave Rand, Minneapolis

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Motorcycle Accidents

Consider all the factors in assessing numbers

The Star Tribune has made a point of emphasizing recent motorcycle accidents — excessively, in my opinion (“Motorcycle deaths hit boomers hard,” July 22). The main responsibility lies with the motorcyclist in most cases. This is not to say that mishaps don’t occur, but the fact that many of these accidents are avoidable and don’t involve another vehicle speaks volumes to me.

So what are the common problems for motorcyclists? From my experience: speeding, fast acceleration, aggressive riding, inexperience, and alcohol and drugs. Many of the motorcyclists involved in recent crashes had blood alcohol concentrations of 0.08 percent or higher. A large number of two-vehicle fatal motorcycle crashes involved a vehicle turning left while the motorcycle, ridden in an aggressive manner, was going straight, passing or overtaking the vehicle. Likewise, a large portion of motorcycle mishaps involved riders with less than a year of riding experience.

In fairness, I would like to know the number of unavoidable crashes by experienced, responsible riders.

Bruce Burton, Bloomington

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The Price You Pay

You don’t have to spend a lot to be entertained

As I read C.J.’s July 23 account of Paul Douglas spending $1,000 or so on VIP tickets for a Beyoncé concert, I thought about the “Tribute to Elvis” show that I recently watched at Pepito’s Parkway Theater. For $30, my wife and I sat in front-row leather couch seats listening to Anthony Shore sing Elvis’ songs better than Elvis himself could have sung them. Having attended many “big-buck” concerts, I am well aware of what you get when you pay those prices.

But getting the most from your dollar often comes when you spend $30 to listen to someone who connects personally to his adoring audience and simply sings his songs.

George Larson, Minneapolis

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