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I just read the letter from Gail Chase Bien regarding Measure D, which would help address private helicopter use in the county. She makes a very good case for supporting the measure, as its objective is to help prevent excessive noise from helicopters. Helicopter noise in the upper valley is very disruptive already. I will vote "yes" for Measure D, but I do have reservations about its effectiveness if it becomes law.

In my opinion, our city and county officials, our police departments, and the local CHP do nothing to deal with loud vehicles on the public roadways in this county. State laws are on the books regarding alteration of factory exhaust systems which result in excessive vehicular noise. As I write this, what must have been hundreds of motorcycles thundered down Highway 29 for hours. I could hear the noise with my house windows closed, and I live about one-eighth of a mile from the highway.

In a similar vein, many wineries in the county were producing wine and allowing visitors and events in excess of the amounts that they were legally permitted. Our county government, instead of reining this in, granted them amnesty, and then altered their permits to allow the illegal uses that had already taken place. So much for having rules and regulations.

Where I am going with this is that I doubt, should Measure D become law, that the county will enforce it. It's called "selective enforcement" and if you are rich or if your activities enhance commerce here, you can pretty much get away with doing most anything.

Don Scott

Calistoga

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