Save Our Sport – OHV

 

I’m not sure why we, the OHV community, aren’t getting any media time, but it’s maddening.  I admit I don’t watch much television, but I haven’t heard or seen a single word of coverage about the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) ban on Lead over 600 PPM (parts per million).  Maybe I just haven’t seen it, which is possible.

I did hear that Rush Limbaugh did a piece on it 2 times over the last couple days, which is awesome, but I don’t think it’s going to cut it.  What about television spots to inform the general public?  I know this stuff doesn’t just happen.  It takes money to make it happen, but aren’t we a large enough group to make some noise and raise some funds to save our sport?  Maybe it’s just not important enough to us?  Maybe it’s a good thing our government is allowing an already hurting industry to be kicked while it’s down.

So now, because of goverment oversite (or maybe it’s on purpose) I now can no longer buy many replacement parts for my son’s (I have more than one) XR50, PW50, and KX65…  Nor can my brother-in-law buy parts for his son’s YZ85, or Polaris 50 quad — don’t event think about buying a new one.

I can go on and on about how this is affecting me, my family, my friends, and the industry — but unless we get involved by donating time and money to those on the front lines (see A Message from AMA President, Rob Dingman for a listing of those involved and their respective websites where you can donate), sign the petitions (see Exempt Motorcycles & ATVs from lead testing), and send letters to your state and local representatives (see State Representative Tom Self of Missouri — his kids ride too, and he is taking a major role in stopping this.  You can also send a letter to your representative from his website), than nothing is going to change.

A very good article about this was written on CycleNews by Paul Carruthers titled: Stop The Insanity: Updated — take the time to read it, it will help paint the pictures of how this is affecting the sport of riding OHVs.

Please I urge you — don’t sit by and do nothing.  Even if you don’t ride OHVs (motorcycles, ATV’s, etc).

I leave you with this quote of a quote as I think it applies:

(The Henrik Hudson School District Library Media Centre provides a model essay for students which ends with the words — http://tartarus.org/~martin/essays/burkequote.html)

Perpetrators, collaborators, bystanders, victims: we can be clear about three of these categories. The bystander, however, is the fulcrum. If there are enough notable exceptions, then protest reaches a critical mass. We don’t usually think of history as being shaped by silence, but, as English philosopher Edmund Burke said, ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing.’
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