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Development: Envying Seattle's noise ordinance

I feel that my letter regarding "Oak Harbor has lost its charm" was too harsh in its context because it was written after being kept up half the night by super bass systems in passing vehicles.

I have appreciated the different opinions expressed but found the letter help out or get out even harsher. I did my homework before I wrote that letter and wrote it because I do care. Oak Harbor will always be a beautiful place to live and I do take notice of the places downtown that work hard at providing places to go that have dignity and class. I will always consider Oak Harbor my home town and don't feel I was way off base. I could have sugar coated my opinion but at the time I was feeling like what has happened here? Thanks to Beverly Casebeer's compassionate answer (Letters, April 19) about the old theater, I am better informed. I do feel though our waterfront has been destroyed and apathy has been a big factor in that matter. No matter who owns the lease or property there should be certain rules and building regulations set in place to prevent the obviously bland structures that now take up most of the view of the bay.

We can never go back to the early sixties and what Oak Harbor was then. The town has grown and I am proud that the Navy base is here and that Wal-Mart is here to provide jobs and revenue but find two Blockbuster video stores for a town this size ridiculous.

I could go on and on but what's the point? Seattle as big as it is has a noise ordinance in place that if someone is disturbing the peace of others with their earth shaking bass system they are ticketed $75.

Michael Gartner

Oak Harbor

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