FAIRBANKS–I've long thought that instead of handing out candy, campaign literature, religious literature and balloons, someone in the Golden Days Parade should hand out ear plugs.
So I was glad to see the letter to the editor today from longtime Fairbanksan Jo Kuykendall about the need to tone it down just a notch.
I'm not asking for silence, but there is no need to turn it up 11, which is "one louder," according to Spinal Tap.
About 70 floats have registered for the Kinross Fort Knox Mine Golden Days Parade Saturday, which starts at 10 a.m. at the Carlson Center and proceeds to Second Avenue, First Avenue, Barnette Street, Second Avenue and Noble Street.
The Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce should instruct the fire departments, the police and every driver of cars and trucks to give more consideration to the listening audience.
Anything beyond a regular horn should be muted. It's nice to have modern equipment that produces an ear-splitting racket, but the drivers should save that power for real emergencies. There is a good reason why firefighters and others who operate loud machinery wear hearing protection.
The parade is noisy, as it should be, but we don’t need to damage people’s hearing with the horns and sirens and engines without mufflers.
It's bad enough for the Andy Rooney types like me, but the potential to damage the hearing of young children should be taken seriously.
The parade has rules banning unsafe practices. It is reasonable to add excessive noise to the list.