Trump Card

Bike (USA) - - Letters - Joe Ost­meyer; Denver, Colorado

I love your mag­a­zine, have for many years and am a longterm sub­scriber. But please do me a fa­vor and keep the un­war­ranted pol­i­tics out of the mag­a­zine. Your “Off­line” photo in the Novem­ber is­sue was off-put­ting to say the least. I read your mag­a­zine for all things moun­tain bik­ing, and love 98 per­cent of what you guys do. But I am also tired of pol­i­tics where they don’t be­long. That is not to say that a fea­ture ar­ti­cle, or some­thing sim­i­lar, can’t opine on cur­rent events, and if both sides are pre­sented fairly—full steam ahead. An ex­am­ple of such would be the multi-part se­ries you guys are do­ing on trail ac­cess right now. I am lov­ing it! And as an­other ex­am­ple, I sus­pect more to come on IMBA ... an or­ga­ni­za­tion that I per­son­ally used to be very pas­sion­ate about, but now just as pas­sion­ately can’t stand. I wel­come and ex­pect dif­fer­ing opin­ions in di­a­logues of that na­ture. But to see that on the last page of the Novem­ber is­sue in­censed me. Not that Trump doesn’t de­serve some of what he gets. But more im­por­tantly—I don’t need to be re­minded of it, nor do I need to see it in your mag. If you turn to one side or the other po­lit­i­cally, you will, in my opin­ion im­me­di­ately lose (ap­prox­i­mately?) half of those on the other side. You’ll lose me for sure, not be­cause of an of­fend­ing pic­ture, but be­cause I did not come to your mag­a­zine to see that. And I don’t want to stop reading or sub­scrib­ing to your ex­cel­lent mag­a­zine. Thanks for lis­ten­ing.

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