The city of Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway are two great places to dial in on when it comes to noise pollution. Over the past several years, I have witnessed a growing number of citizens asking why things are the way they are when it comes to excessive, unnecessary noise.
More stress in our lives, unequal political power, dangerous transportation-safety myths, bad economics and unaccountable government are some of the surprising themes behind this subject. If we cannot enforce our noise ordinances, then what else are we incapable of dealing with as a society? If we can enforce our noise ordinances, what are the benefits? Our public officials should have answers to these questions.
I have posted an expanded commentary on these matters on the Keep the Peace site (http://niceasheville.ning.com/profile/keepthepeace). First, please sign the Keep the Peace petition [http://www.gopetition.com/online/35345.html].
Nothing is going to change unless we organize. There are few public officials willing to champion the concept of domestic tranquility — let alone our various local, state and federal noise laws.
A meeting at the Folk Art Center with BRP Superintendent [Phil] Francis present is desperately needed in order for citizens to understand the realities of the BRP failure to mitigate unnecessary noise and get BRP officials to focus. We have decent noise laws, they just need to be [enforced]. Folks are not seeking total silence in all corners of our community (and the BRP is part of our community). We just want our laws enforced.
— Grant Millin