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Re: 1978 EPA Report
In a message dated 97-06-07 04:19:25 EDT, Noise - Citizens Against writes:
<< I think the public simply has a bad habit. A very
bad habit. In many ways they are being "victimized"
however. Just as the tobacco companies are to be
blamed for their campaign to hook smokers of all
ages, particularly the youth, the commercial
establishments, retail environment, the media (radio,
T.V.), movie moguls, entertainment industry, etc. etc.
are to be blamed for hooking the public on wall-to-wall
Well, I don't want to be too much of a bleeding heart
for these "victims" who have to have their noise because
they have been conditioned this way. They would have
my sympathy if they wouldn't inflict their noise on me.
I want the guys driving by my houses with boom cars
to be victims even more. I want them to have to pay
a $50 fine every time they turn their boom car on in
the city limits. After three tickets of this nature I
want them to lose their driver's licenses.
I think the manufacture and distribution of equipment
for making boom cars should be outlawed, and violators
should face legal penalties also.
As for the addiction vs habit issue, I have heard
people say they can't go to sleep without the stereo.
Others say they can' t study without it. These
circumstances strike me as indicators of addiction.
For political reasons, I think we should use the
word addiction. It dramatizes the issue, and can
also mobilize support from counselors, researchers
and others who relate professionally to addictions.
-- Michael Wright
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