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Fri, Oct. 18

Letters: It wasn't the bikes, but the bands, that thundered

Editor:

I have a somewhat different perspective on the Thunder Valley Rally than Nancy Burnett (letter 9/23/14).

My biker friends and I like loud bikes. On the afternoon of Sept. 20, we didn't notice excessive noise for a motorcycle rally. TVR may have been a little more boisterous than rumbling along Broadway on a Toys For Tots mission or congregating at Clarkdale's auto and cycle shows, but I think that was due to the size of the crowd.

After 8 p.m., though, for two nights running, I could hear the announcers and bands in Lower Town Clarkdale. At that distance, not loud enough to rattle my teeth or even disturb anyone's sleep, but louder than any of our concerts in the park. And certainly louder than anyone in Old Town Cottonwood needed to enjoy the bands.

I, too, wonder why the event's organizers or the city couldn't tone that down to merely thunderous.

I also wonder at some of the comments to Nancy Burnett's letter. David of Cottonwood's especially: As a long-time advocate of free speech and individual choice, I don't approve of censoring anyone's taste in music, either. But that doesn't relate to Ms. Burnett's objection to having TVR's preferences forced on her and others not attending the rally.

T.Hearn

Clarkdale

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