Tahlequah Daily Press

October 12, 2011

The noise pollution


TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

I would like to know what happened to Tahlequah.

You used to be able to open your windows on a nice day or evening. Those days are gone forever, with the boom boxes, and the altered exhaust mufflers on vehicles. With these vehicles on the roads, you can’t open your windows. It is so relaxing when it wakes you up at 2 a.m., when the bars close.

Does anyone at city hall care? From my experience, and what the public tells me, I can only say no. They won’t care if you don’t have enough money. One councilor laughed out loud and said it was probably her son. It showed me she didn’t care about babies sleeping, or someone just out of the hospital who needed to sleep at midnight.

Should we forget about the people who work for a living to feed their families and pay their mortgages? That councilor doesn’t care about the people who need to sleep at night over the windows vibrating because of road noise.

If you would like to go for a walk in Tahlequah, don’t forget to wear your earplugs. If you do forget them, I hope you enjoy your headache or the pain in your ears from the noise. It can’t help but damage your hearing.

The noise makers and drunken drivers are above the law. One drunken driver broke a piece of 100 year-old history in my front yard, and nothing happened to this person. If you ask the police chief for any help at all, he just tells the homeowner to go someplace else. But this is our home.

It is sad to see children afraid to play outside because of what they have to hear. If you want to feel safe in my area, you have to have a weapon handy, day or night. There are times the noise level is so high you couldn’t hear someone breaking into your house. The people at this one place said the police chief said they could say and do anything they wanted, and they do – day or night.

Yes, there are people out all night long, yelling cuss words, and then here comes another boom box or someone making loud noises by revving up their engine with no muffler. If someone cared enough to stop this noise, they would help to get rid of noise pollution and air pollution at the same time. This noise is one way to keep the people of Tahlequah from going for a walk to see their real home town.

Yes, I’m looking forward to rain and cold weather. It keeps those two-wheeled noisemakers off of the road.

If someone has an idea to clean this up, please speak up. I want my grandsons to know what clean air is – both for hearing and breathing. I have people ask me all of the time about how to stop the never-ending noise. All I can tell them is I don’t have enough money to help them. Move out of town.

Robert Land