Thanks to everyone who rode to
Dover May 22nd.
Ski put it, “We rocked”. Everyone between New Castle and Dover were
“aware” of us as 75, or 80 depending on who you ask, road south. And
thanks to all the other riders from Kent and Sussex who rode in to the
Capitol to and estimated turn out of 350 to 400 riders, again it depends
on who you ask.
Pete Mazzella and I met with Rep. Bruce Ennis and the Rider Education
Committee Tuesday, June 16th and we recapped the event and
started planning for next year. Everyone on the committee thanked ABATE
of Delaware for the great turn out. What more can I say? “We rocked”!
Can’t wait to see how we do next year. We’re thinking about a parade
from a remote site from Legislative Hall, maybe Dover Downs, and really
raise the public’s awareness. That’s what it’s about. Letting know we’re
out there. Runs from all three counties, from dealers and shops headed
for Dover and then the “Ride to the Hall” with live music, more of that
good BBQ and bike games.
one with any comments, good, bad or indifferent, on how we can make it
better next year, give me a call.
Pete Mazzella – Legislative Coordinator
like to take a few minutes to introduce Pete Mazzella to the members.
Pete assumed my duties as Legislative Coordinator last year when I
stepped aside so I could concentrate my efforts on Federal issues that
affect us as riders and affects our State Legislature as
representative to the Motorcycle Riders’ Foundation (MRF).
Pete served 26 years as a US Public Health Service Officer before
retiring October, 2000. For the first ten years of his career, he
provided clinical social work services around the United States in
hospitals and clinics to merchant seamen, US Coast Guard personnel,
Native Americans and persons suffering with leprosy. The remainder of
his career involved the supervision, management and administration of
those programs and the people that provided those services.
last three years of his career saw him representing the Department of
Health and Human Services on all issues that affected US Military
Services Members, Veterans and their families. These matters included:
Gulf War Illnesses, Agent Orange, The Armed Forces Retirement Home
Board, the VA’s Committee on Minority Affairs, just to name a few. Pete
has prepared testimony for and testified before the US Congress and
Pete has ridden motorcycles since 1970 but had the usual interruption
while raising his son and daughter. He is a Life Member of the American
Motorcyclist Association, a member of MRF and a six year member of ABATE
(first in Maryland and now in Delaware).
This guy’s is one of “us” and he knows how to work with “Them”. I see
Pete taking what I’ve done in
Dover to a whole new level. This guy’s got the fire in his
belly that we need. I’ll still be on the Legislative Task Force but Pete
will lead us. Please give Pete the same support you have all given me
over the years and we’ll keep this thing of ours alive and kickin’.
August 16th, 2003, Bill Janklow, former US Congressman from South
Dakota, was involved in an accident that killed motorcycle rider Randy
Scott of Hardwick Minnesota. A jury found Janklow guilty of
second-degree manslaughter in December. After that, Scott's family
filed a civil lawsuit against Janklow that they want to be heard in a
state court. But, the federal government says because Janklow was on
official business at the time of the crash, the lawsuit should be in
federal court. To sort it out, Janklow and his chief of staff Chris
Braendlin gave depositions on May 28, 2004 detailing what led up to that
crash. We now have our first look at what was said behind closed doors.
the lawsuit filed by Randy Scott's family stays in federal court, the
government and the taxpayers will pay. If it goes back to a state
court, Janklow himself will pay the damages.
a deposition, Janklow testified under oath that he was on his way home
to Brandon from an event in Aberdeen on August 16th. He says he turned
off I-29 because that route puts on him a county road that takes him
within a couple miles of his house. He also said he turned off the
interstate because he was going to stop and say hi to his mom because
that's what he always did. But Janklow doesn't remember if he stopped
by her house that day.
aide Chris Braendlin testified in his deposition that they drove right
by it. Braendlin also said that even though he slept most of the trip,
the two did not make any personal stops after leaving Aberdeen.
Janklow testified that he wasn't in a hurry to get home that day. And
although he took that route often, he wasn't sure of the speed limit on
the road where he collided with Scott.
lawyer for the Scott family disagrees with Janklow's testimony. Ron
Meshbesher says Janklow did stop at his mother's house on August 16th
and that means Janklow was not on duty at the time of the accident. A
federal magistrate will now decide whether the case stays in federal
court or is moved back to state court.
ABATE of South Dakota is closely following the case.
Ride safe and ride
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