Don't knock the noise
First off I would like to tell you how much my husband and I enjoy receiving and reading your weekly informative newspaper. That is my rave, now for my rant.
Why would you knowingly move to an area where there is an airport, train or any other noisy place? I come from New York City and lived right near LaGuardia airport where we also had the elevated trains, one line which ran so close to my bedroom that you not only heard it, but also felt the rumble throughout the house. Then we moved to Virginia, four miles outside of Dulles airport where years ago the Concorde used to fly in and out of and that noise was considerable. Noise is something you get used to very quickly and after a while I hardly noticed the planes and trains coming and going. Even if you live way out in the country you are subject to noise from all the creatures big and small who inhabit the area.
Let's stop all this nitpicking and realize that with progress we sometimes have to put up with a lot of other inconveniences. We live in such a beautiful country -- be thankful and enjoy!
J. Franz, Port Orange
Too officious disturbance
Easter Sunday morning my wife, myself and several hundred other people attended sunrise service mass on the sand at Flagler Avenue. Easter Mass is always inspiring and a pleasure to attend.
During the sermon a beach patrolman popped up on the north side of the congregation, got on his patrol car speaker and requested that we all move so we would not block a lane of traffic. He further stated he would be opening the gate to traffic in about 20 minutes. Nobody moved -- nothing further from the officious patrolman.
I have no idea what traffic we would be blocking since the gates were never opened until after we concluded mass and left the area. If he was concerned about the spring breakers, I doubt they would be up and moving at 6:30 a.m. since they were no doubt nursing various stages of hangovers.
Our visiting tourists do not seem to be early risers since they are on vacation. There was no foot traffic on the beach at this house, except us.
Being a retired police officer, I have never seen such a display of poor judgment on the part of a law enforcement officer. Easter on the beach is a once a year event. It does not seem necessary to me for the beach patrol to interfere with a religious services.
Dave Miner, New Smyrna Beach