Re: Bylaw considers music nothing more than noise, letter to the editor, March 2
It's hard to imagine anything more absurd. Making music inside your home in the middle of the day is illegal while leaf blowers, power saws and lawn mowers are just fine? Should laughter be outlawed too?
We agree the bylaw brought to our attention by Dave McIlroy in his letter to the editor is seriously in need of revision.
You can only wonder what has happened to our values. If we choose to make expressions of the machine more appropriate than those of the human spirit what will we have become?
Of course people have their own preferences when it comes to music; but to ask someone to tolerate a new or foreign point of view is to offer them the opportunity to grow as a human being.
Countless movies and novels revolve around the theme of an intolerant person who in the end finds that the person or thing they tolerate least is exactly who or what they need most.
Where is the logic in making it legal for someone having a bad day to take it out on musicians rather than those running machinery? Is it only that music makes people happier and less likely to retaliate?
Laws were meant to protect what is precious to us, not to promote ill will and shelter bullies. If we let one law like this stand it leaves space for more like it to follow.
Lark Bowerman Kris Bowerman