In a squeaker, last night in a 5--4 vote, the Kenai Peninsula Borough planning committee defeated the Twin Cities Racing Lion's bid to gain control of the 157-acre raceway for 30 years. The opposition to the Lion's looked kind of like those Christians walking around the ring circled by Lions. Well, at least some of them must have been praying and somebody was surely listening, and Glory for that.
The committee, I believe, did the right thing, as the neighborhood needed some relief. Further organization will be needed to guarantee the neighborhood won't suffer from the noise pollution, as has been the case. The opposition was quite focussed and straight up; said they have no problem with the stock car races. But if you continue the motocross abuse you'll be wearing mufflers on your stock cars just like up in the Valley.
This is a wake up call to the city and the area that noise cannot and should not be tolerated for someone else's recreational benefit. The website Noise Off (http://www.noiseoff.org/) has a great deal of information concerning the harmful effects of noise pollution. Read up and know your rights, as well as your local government's responsibility to protect you and your property from the harmful effects of noise pollution.
I would like to express my appreciation to this paper for this column giving locals such a great service.
Dennis Barnard, Kenai
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