(By Brandon Hansen/Brandon is the managing editor of the Chewelah Independent and a graduate of Eastern Washington University. If you’d like to send Brandon a Letter to the Editor, shoot him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
A noise ordinance in a small town is nothing to sneeze at. With the Chewelah City Council considering an ordinance that would put a cap on how loud you can be during the evening hours, plenty of people are all riled up.
These so-called “sound patriots” have already been on our Facebook page thinking that perhaps the city is overstepping our bounds. Since I’m no noise expert and I basically just sit in my apartment with the blinds shut playing Call of Duty every day, I really have no idea how loud my neighbors are.
That being said, having lived in a bigger town at one point – I can tell you that having neighbors stinks sometimes. I’m blessed to have the coolest neighbors now, but back in Centralia I once had somebody knock on my floor because apparently watching a YouTube video of somebody playing Mario Paint and talking at just above a whisper was too loud for them (Also if you combine a weirdo like me and a weird thing like YouTube — these are the viewing habits you get — watching somebody play Mario Paint). This person would also listen to their own TV at the same volume as a Boeing 747 taking off. More