Wednesday’s mail bag: SUVs of the Rich and Famous; You say ‘Doughnut’ and we say ‘Donut’

Leftwing lunaticsEditors!What's with the leftist lamenting the houses that have been built aroundthe location of "The Wall" and berating Lexus SUV owners? (see Tom Andersonletter "Thetime machine" in Tuesday's mail bag)He engages in class warfare and stereotyping, which of courseis okay as long as you are stereotyping wealthy whites. Otherwise, it'sracism. Let this jerk know that I have never had a Lexus SUV come closeto hitting me. Of my friends who have been hit by cars, nonewere hit by a Lexus SUV.More importantly, it is not the vehicle, you idiot, it is the driver!!How about saying the

Leftwing lunatics
Editors!
What’s with the leftist lamenting the houses that have been built aroundthe location of “The Wall” and berating Lexus SUV owners? (see Tom Andersonletter “Thetime machine” in Tuesday’s mail bag)He engages in class warfare and stereotyping, which of courseis okay as long as you are stereotyping wealthy whites. Otherwise, it’sracism. Let this jerk know that I have never had a Lexus SUV come closeto hitting me. Of my friends who have been hit by cars, nonewere hit by a Lexus SUV.More importantly, it is not the vehicle, you idiot, it is the driver!!How about saying the wall will hurt you unless some spaced out driver doesn’tfirst. I hope to not get hit by any car. If I do get hit itwon’t matter what the headbadge wedged into my abdomen says.Such a ridiculous rant distracts from an otherwise nice commentary ona bittersweet cycling film.
Sincerely,
Whit Smith
Denver, ColoradoWhat’s the excuse now?
Dear VeloNews,
So let me get this straight. The French riders have been screamingfor years that they can’t win a race because they’re forced to ride cleanwhile other country’s riders are doping. Now, we find out that a bunchof them, at least a bunch wearing Cofidis jerseys, are popping more pillsthan Rush Limbaugh at a Dixie Chicks concert (see “Frenchdrug probe: Vasseur and Gaumont arrested“).The problem is, even with dope, they’re still not competitive!
Rob Clendening
Bloomington, IndianaWhat goes around…
Editors,
I find it somewhat ironic how a couple years ago Cedric was the darlingof the French; remember when they used Cedric’s exclusion from the USPSTour team as a reason to hate Lance? (see “Vasseur:Former Postie no Lance fan“). Remember Cedric crying and complainingabout being excluded from the team? And I’m sure all of us remember theFrench calling Lance a doper.Sorry Vasseur, looks like Karma just got ya.
Lionel Hutz
Springfield MallIt’s gonna take more than a few Krispy Kremes folks
Editors,
Your readers who extrapolate from a Sheryl Crow quote about donutsto hastily conclude that Lance won’t show up at the start line of the 101stTour de France fully committed and prepared, should be removed from lifesupport as their brains have already died.These people simply don’t get Lance, and never have. Do they think theman who was extended to the point of health-threatening dehydration, droppedon the climb to Ax-3 Domaines, knocked on his ass climbing to Luz Ardiden,and who then got back on his broken bike and dropped Ullrich –and everyone else — like stones as he won his fifth straight Tour, isgoing to lie down? (see “Armstrongcrashes, then crushes, on way to Luz-Ardiden.”)I don’t know who will win the Tour, of course, but I am absolutely certainthat anyone who wrests the Yellow Jersey from Lance will have to take it
from him meter by meter, second by second. He will never giveit away, and he will never quit. Why don’t you Lance nay-sayers startlooking forward to the battle royale we’re going to see this year, insteadof finding false hope in random quotes that Lance will simply forfeit theTour away. That isn’t going to happen.Of course, my money’s squarely on Lance. Ullrich still looks tome to be the only serious threat, and I think too much is being made overthe time
trial result in Stage 11 last year. Ullrich has always been capableof beating Armstrong in a long time trial, and vice versa. Ullrich tookthe Silver in the 2000 Olympics, to Armstrong’s bronze, but it didn’t changethe result in the 2001 or 2003 Tours. Lance is not superhuman; hecan be successfully attacked on occassion, and has weathered serious crisesin two of his five Tour wins. Still it is likely that, to beat Lance, Janwill have to show a consistent dominance in the mountains that we havenot yet seen from him.It is one thing to beat Lance on a given day or to come close in theoverall, but it is a totally different thing to go over Lance, take theJersey, and defend it. Even in a year where he’s had his best chanceyet against Armstrong, Ullrich did not come close to doing that.
Paul Hurdlow
Austin, TexasJust spell it right!
Dear Editors;
Everyone in North Carolina knows that Krispy Kremes are the besttraining fuel. It’s about time Lance caught on – or maybe he has just lethis super training secret slip?But please, folks, spell it correctly. They’re not Donuts. They’reDoughnuts! “Dough” and “Nuts.” “Doughnuts!”
Laura Weislo
Raleigh, NC
(only two hours from Krispy Kreme world HQ)Sorry Laura. Several of us had that same debate here a few monthsago (we deal with some heavy, heavy issues here in VeloNews editorial). A couple of us even took your side of the argument on that one. Unfortunately, the “donut” advocates relied on the good ol’ “common usage” argument and pulled out the “American Heritage Dictionary” to settle the dispute. As it turns out, either spelling is OK (or is that “okay?”):do·nut( P ) Pronunciation Key (dnt, -nt) n.
Variant of doughnut.
dough·nut also do·nut ( P ) Pronunciation Key (dnt, -nt) n.

A small ring-shaped cake made of rich, light dough that is fried in deep fat. Also called olicook.Something whose form is reminiscent of a ring-shaped cake.A fast, tight 360° turn made in a motor vehicle or motorized boat.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.We had to concede after we even found “donut” in the “Oxford English Dictionary,” – sigh. – Editor.


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