Put The Lid On Ear-Splitting Car Stereos

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There are few things as annoying, at least to anyone over age 23, as the ground-vibrating pounding of bass woofers in a car next to you as you wait for a stoplight to turn.

Like the deep drumming of tribes in the African outback or the American plains, it's a signal for attack. And that's what we need to do: attack this assault on our central nervous systems.

Local resident Karen Buchanan is bringing this issue to the Payson Town Council on Thursday, and we wish her success. Enforcement of rules against such verbal drubbing will be difficult. Unless you're armed with a cel phone and there's a police officer nearby, the violators are sure to just drive away, or turn the volume down in sight of a cop car.

We encourage town officials to find a way to find a practical way to enforce such an ordinance. The issue is more than one of annoyance. Safety is a factor here. A driver in an ear-numbing environment cannot possibly hear the sirens of oncoming emergency vehicles, warning honks from other cars, or, most frightening, the sound of a child or other pedestrian shouting out as a driver backs out of a parking place or a driveway, which happens every day at the high school.

Kids will be kids, but they don't have to be allowed to be dangerous or overly annoying.

Cooperate on water
We've long held that a long-range solution to water problems in Northern Gila County requires a cooperative effort on the part of all interested parties. It is encouraging that the Town of Payson seems to have found a solution to its concerns and appears ready to join in the Northern Gila County Water Plan Partnership.

Competition is an effective strategy for business and commerce, but not for developing an effective use of natural resources. The solution to the complex task of securing an ample water supply for the Rim country requires a coordinated effort.

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