My wife snipped an editorial out of the Seattle Times for my perusal a couple of weeks ago. James Vesely, the opinion page editor, thinks that Seattle bicyclists should be taxed and licensed. My wife, a bleeding-heart liberal who never saw a tax she didn’t like, was incensed that the Times editorial page editor would waste print space on such a petty issue.

I didn’t pay much attention to it — just your run-of-the mill curmudgeon telling the neighborhood kids to get off his road. I figured he was just trolling for comments on the paper’s website — where about 95 percent of the 88 comments disagreed with him. Newspaper websites are starting to look more and more like blogs, thanks to comment fields. Nowadays I check for a comment field before reading an article. If a paper is not willing to let the peanut gallery critique their infotainment pieces, I’m not willing to waste my time reading them.

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Vesely yanked the Seattle cyclist chain again last Sunday. The comments covered most bases. One point not stressed enough was the parking issue. I took the above photo of the giant bicycle rack in front of a popular coffee shop last Saturday. It takes up two valuable parking spaces. The number of bikes parked there waxes and wanes throughout the day. I drove past this rack an hour after I took this picture and it had a dozen bikes on it. I expect it will really fill up when the weather improves.

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While checking this rack out I also spotted this sticker. Apparently you can call the Seattle Department of Transportation and have a high quality custom-made bike rack installed. This particular rack can hold enough bikes to replace an entire block of parked cars. Vesely should be paying cyclists for giving him and the 3,000-pound steel cocoon he commutes to work in a place to park.