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Re: Good to know you
In a message dated 97-06-08 18:14:52 EDT, Cathryn writes:
<< It is a long winded introduction. I beg your indulgence as
I have read and waited a good while before participating. >>
Don't apologize at all. Your information was quite
welcome. I am delighted to know that somewhere
people are uniting to fight noise abuse. Wisconsin's
law against boom cars makes me envy the people of
that state. Is it against the law there to operate
businesses which provide the necessary equipment
to have a boom car?
I'm curious to know more about what the noise-fighters
in Seattle are doing. In my personal life, the biggest
noise problems are as follows:
1. barking dogs -- over the years they have deprived me
of thousands of hours of sleep and lost productivity in
a home office situation. I once consulted an animal
behavior expert about this, and was advised that the
main problem is neglect. A barking dog nuisance is
basically asking for more human attention.
Solution: Animal control ordinances need to be
overhauled to require that dog ownership within
municipalities be limited to those who are given
permits after passing an exam demonstrating
competence in pet care and knowledge of animal
2. auto stereos -- they have inflicted the same kind of
abuse as the dogs, but with not so great a magnitude;
before long they will catch up unless the city improves
Solution: recently my town enacted a law to allow cops
to write tickets if they can hear the amplified source from
50 feet; so far, enforcement has been pretty weak; I have
called the local PD and begged for better enforcement
in my neighborhood, but have never seen any cops nearby
laying in wait for violators; what they are doing in Wisconsin
should be enacted everywhere.
3. loud amplified entertainment noise (I hate to call it music)
in retail establishments -- it's difficult to go out find a place
in the OU campus area to have an intelligent conversation
over a cup of coffee or a drink without being overwhelmed
or at least distracted by amplified entertainment noise.
Solution: in the interest of public health and hearing
protection, there needs to be an upper limit established
on the decibel levels permitted from amplified sources in
public places; aggressive public education on the health
hazards of noise needs to be implemented and conducted
by schools, health agencies, and health counselors;
merchants should be prohibited by law from setting up
outdoor speakers and blasting their noise out onto the
Is anything being done along these lines in Seattle?
-- Michael Wright
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