Bikers' Rights: Open Letter to NTSB Member Kathryn O'Leary 'Kitty' Higgins ... on Compelling vs. Concocted Statistics

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Open Letter to NTSB Member Kathryn O'Leary 'Kitty' Higgins
... on Compelling vs. Concocted Statistics
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Extreme Long Distance Endurance Motorcycle Rider IronBoltBruce From: IronBoltBruce [mailto:Bruce@LdrLongDistanceRider.com]
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2007 10:15 AM
To: Deborah Hersman (debbie.hersman@ntsb.gov); Kathryn O'Leary Higgins (kathryn.higgins@ntsb.gov); Mark Rosenker (mark.rosenker@ntsb.gov); Robert Sumwalt (robert.sumwalt@ntsb.gov); Steven Chealander (steven.chealander@ntsb.gov)
Subject: Open Letter to NTSB Member Kathryn O'Leary "Kitty" Higgins ... on "Compelling" vs. "Concocted" Statistics

Kathryn O'Leary "Kitty" Higgins
National Transportation Safety Board
429 L'Enfant Plaza
Washington, D.C. 20024

Ms. Higgins:

I took time away from work long enough to watch the live webcasts of the 9/11/07 and 9/18/07 meetings of the NTSB, both now archived here:


While watching our democracy in action through live presentations like these can be enlightening, the perception of rational process they convey may in this case be a thin veneer over the underlying realities of partisan political agenda:


I have previously communicated to NTSB Chairman Mark Rosenker, who you may recall was formerly affiliated with Richard Nixon's Committee to Re-Elect the President ("CREEP")...


...the fact that the motorcycle registration, vehicle miles traveled, and helmetless rider fatality statistics presented in your sessions to support these recommendations...


...were materially misleading and served no purpose other than to cover up the fact that--after twelve months and the expenditure of millions of taxpayer dollars--the NTSB has released "motorcycle safety recommendations" that fail to address the causes of 84 percent of all motorcycle fatalities ... principal among those being the right-of-way violations of motorists who are negligent, careless, distracted and/or impaired by alcohol or cell phone conversations:


I consider these actions a clear demonstration of bureaucratic inefficiency, neglect of duty, and malfeasance. And on those grounds--pursuant to the provisions of United States Code Title 49, Chapter 11, Subchapter II, Paragraph (c) as I understand them--I am calling for the removal of Mark Rosenker as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. When that occurs, your Democratic Party affiliation makes it unlikely that President Bush will choose you as Rosenker's successor, and that would appear to be for the best. By that, I mean that having reviewed your resume...


...I was relieved to see no overt indications of your being a "Haddonite", or having any prior affiliation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHTSA"), an agency they infest:


That might lessen the likelihood of your direct, personal involvement in what I suspect may be collusion between the NTSB and NHTSA to circumvent the state lobbying restrictions imposed on the latter by TEA-21 (the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century), as reflected in Subchapter I of Chapter 301 of Title 49 of the United States Code:

"(a) In General.--No funds appropriated to the Secretary shall be available for any activity specifically designed to urge a State or local legislator to favor or oppose the adoption of any specific legislative proposal pending before any State or local legislative body."


NEVERTHELESS, Ms. Higgins, although you may neither be a Haddonite nor play any role in any possible collusion or conspiracy between the NTSB and NHTSA to override TEA-21, your resume reflects little if any experience or expertise with respect to domestic ground transportation issues in general or motorcycle safety in particular. Of course, yours is not the only NTSB member resume for which such observations can be made. But I focus on you because it may be this very lack of relevant experience and expertise that allowed you to reach the erroneous--and for the American public, unfortunate--conclusion that the motorcycle safety statistics presented by the NTSB staff in your 9/11 meeting were "compelling", when in fact the more appropriate adjective might be "concocted".

Speaking strictly for myself and no other entities or organizations,


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