Ed's Legislative News October 2017


If You Don’t Fight For Freedom You Give It Away Without Protest

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As I sit to pen this month's submission, Houston and surrounding areas of the Texas

Gulf Coast are recovering from the worst Hurricane to make landfall in recorded history.

Florida took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma.

My heart goes out to all of those that have been affected.


I am reminded of an article I recently read that cautioned about donating to several "big" name charities. 

There was a chart that showed that the charities only used a single digit percentage

of the donations received to help those that needed it while the rest

went to administrative costs, salaries, and other expenses.

That got me thinking of all the events that we as bikers turn out to support.

It's a fact that bikers have huge hearts and will give more than any other group.

That's probably why the summer riding season is filled with event after event.

Every one trying to collect a buck. 


But, how many of these use those dollars to actively work against us?

After this past legislative session it was clear that most every

Hospital was against us fighting the Helmet Law Bill.

We weren't shown much love on the Vulnerable Users bill

either, yet all were silent on the Auxiliary Lighting bill. 


It wasn't only the Hospitals and Medical Lobby.

Insurance companies were against us as well as every Police agency.

These folks collect our money and then turn against us when it suits them.


When I consider an event I look just a little deeper to see where the donations are going.


I'm always wary of the events that just want your cash.


Toy Runs are perfect and our Annual Home-Run is a great event where we

collect items needed by residents of the Delaware Home for the Chronically Ill.

My advice is to check out who is sponsoring the event and where the donations are going. 


Ride Safe

-Ed Berner

ABATE of Delaware – State Legislative Coordinator