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Letter: It's an individual's right to smoke or use loud mufflers

Cease, desist and destroy -- is that our goal for all activity in Beltrami County deemed irritating by those who complain the loudest? Excuse me, but I don't care to live in a retirement community. I do not care to live in a quiet nursing home-in...

Cease, desist and destroy -- is that our goal for all activity in Beltrami County deemed irritating by those who complain the loudest? Excuse me, but I don't care to live in a retirement community. I do not care to live in a quiet nursing home-induced environment.

I do not and never have smoked cigarettes; I also do not mind secondhand smoke especially at a windy beach. If cigarettes are legal, then smoking in public also should be. Otherwise, make cigarettes illegal, totally! This noise ordinance is so out of line. I, for me, enjoy seeing large lift kits and hearing different loud muffler variations. Who on Earth wants to only see and hear all boring-looking sedans, either gray or navy, and all sounding alike? That is boring!

A person's vehicle is their individual right to express their personality. I can think of a lot of things that are much more annoying; big obnoxious semi-trailer trucks or neighbors mowing their laws on quiet afternoons. So if loud mufflers need an ordinance, then let's abolish all noise.

Come on, who are the bored little old people who are always complaining to City Hall? Shut them up and get rid of that strict ridiculous noise ordinance or we will lose out-of-town visitors and tourists and also anger many permanent residents who enjoy noise.

Sandy Bean

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