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Letter to the editor
Rating: 1.55 / 5 (11 votes)  
Posted: 2013 Mar 29 - 06:16

'Kite men' claims unfounded

Reasonable people can disagree without being disagreeable. Unreasonable people evidently submit fabricated allegations of "Kite men chasing birds"

in order to achieve their own selfish goals of ridding their community of what they deem to be a nuisance.

I am a mere four-year resident of Ormond-by-the-Sea. However, I spend virtually every day in the water, on the beach and/or jogging and driving A1A. I have watched the "kite men" with admiration and enjoyment as has my family, friends, neighbors and visitors. I have never witnessed "confused and scared" birds being chased by the "kite men." Frankly the laws of nature and averages make such a pitiful allegation preposterous on its face. Twenty Kite men vs. thousands of birds across an area of 10 or more square miles. Seriously?

The equally ridiculous accusations of the "Kite men" flying over A1A attempting to distract drivers is unfounded and certainly would have been a matter of law enforcement by now. Incidentally, since I have never witnessed or heard of a crashed "kite man" on A1A, I am curious as to the condition of the single one that unfortunately missed the beach, crashed and evidently "blanketed" the writers car with his "kite." Is he OK? Were the authorities contacted? Were insurance claims filed? Was the writer hospitalized for the traumatic stress of being witness and unwitting participant in such an awful travesty as a "kite man" accident?

The writer prefaces their allegations by stating they moved here for the "peace and quiet of the area." How was Bike Week? How about Biketoberfest?

Spring Break is here. Do children annoy you as well?

I would suggest the writer find a nice bird sanctuary to relocate near or simply relax, get a hobby and stop trying to create false premises upon which to further your own selfish desires.

Josh Williams, Ormond-by-the-Sea

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