To the editor of THE EAGLE:
Kudos (with reservations) to Dave Pill for his observation on why would liberals drive Priuses ("Liberals’ highway hypocrisy," letter, Sept. 15). It remains an incomplete letter, however, since he doesn’t advocate what specific type of vehicle a liberal or anyone with a valid license should drive, having funds hefty enough to buy a car. This could be because of The Eagle’s policy that one should not "endorse a commercial product" when writing a letter.
I endorse a method that has been stigmatized here in the U.S. as irrationally gauche by both liberals and conservatives. If your job is one on the BRTA bus line, support public transportation and choose a method better for the environment. If you’re lucky enough to have the health to ride a bicycle or could walk to your work, why not? When I lived and worked in publishing and at a university in Boston 15 years ago, I did use the three methods I enumerated. Noticing all the unhealthy adipose on people in the U.S. lately, I think it’s time for people to forgo their vehicles when they can if possible.
I must close with my two favorite quotes about either ends of the political spectrum. Jose Ortega y Gasset said, "Liberalism is the supreme form of generosity; it is the right which the majority concedes to minorities and hence it is the noblest cry that has ever sounded in this planet." "A conservative is a man too cowardly to fight and too fat to run," wrote Elbert Hubbard. Nothing about Priuses there, but if one’s too fat but works, lose weight by walking or biking to work for eveyone’s benefit, especially your own. JOHN K. FITZGERALD