To the editor:

Under normal normal circumstances, if someone plays music so loudly that you hear it in your house, a call to your representative is all it takes to have the nuisance stopped. The Town Code clearly states that “every person is entitled to ambient noise levels that are not detrimental to the enjoyment of his property and the making of excessive and unreasonable noises (noise which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of a reasonable person of normal sensibilities) is a menace to public health, comfort, convenience, safety, welfare and the prosperity of the people of the Town”. A no brainer really.

In 2019, loud music was being played in the Town Park for baseball games; 10 hours Saturdays and Sundays, 4 hours weekdays. Despite witnessing the unreasonable noise on our property, the town still allows the nuisance to continue unabated.

If that wasn’t bad enough, in the middle of the pandemic, the code was amended to exempt sporting events held on town-owned property. Which tells us two things; (1) the town agrees the noise is unreasonable (why else would you otherwise exempt yourself from making unreasonable noise) and (2) the town feels they have no need to adhere to their own rules.

In the Marines, we respected our leaders for their integrity. But you don’t have to be a Marine to know that amending decade old rules to fit your purpose is wrong. It’s precisely why we distrust politicians.

Stefan Benn


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