Thursday, January 12, 2006

Hill Newspaper Urges Council to Fix Noise Law

A Jan. 12, 2006 Voice of the Hill (VOH) editorial calls for District of Columbia Mayor Anthony Williams and Councilmembers Sharon Ambrose and Jim Graham to “clarify any city laws so that it is clear that nobody has the right to use amplified sound to disturb the peace and quiet of others, should it be in a residential or any other neighborhood.”

The editorial explained that when a VOH “reporter contacted various city agencies about the issue, he received differing answers, which makes us believe their representatives do not know what they are doing.”

Accompanying the editorial is a front-page story that updates readers on the latest developments in this ongoing amplified noise saga at H and 8th Streets NE.

The story, by reporter Gary Emerling, included a quote by one neighbor, who said of the hours of amplified speech:
“It’s like you’re being tortured, honestly,” said Jane Wilkomm, who lives in the 700 block of Eighth Street, NE, and says she can hear the group’s message inside her home. “If this were in front of [Ward 6 Councilwoman] Sharon Ambrose’s house, that law would be struck tomorrow.”
A photo from “Quest for Quiet” and a link to this “Quest for Quiet” blog accompanies the story.

Check out the VOH website or download a pdf of the Jan. 12 edition.


Anonymous Alan Kimber said...

I thought the article was well written and will hopefully get the word out even further. The editorial calling for the Council to fix the law was definitely helpful. Thank you for maintaining this website--with luck, the Council will get the message.

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