Letters to the Editor

Says train noise hurting economy

Can we retire the notion that noise from excessively loud train horns is only a problem for residents with million-dollar views?

There was a time when part of the price of a great bay view was train noise. But I believe the decibel level of horns has spiked dramatically and senselessly in the past couple of years, impacting entire neighborhoods far beyond the tracks.

Last week’s article about the the residents along beautiful, noise-infested Chuckanut elicited the usual “didn’t they see the tracks?” and “trains got here first!” comments.

Leaving aside that the Lummi likely got here first... Today’s horns are more suitable for chasing away grazing buffalo or warning residents of tsunamis than honking mindlessly and persistently in our many neighborhoods all day and night.

There are other, better, smarter ways to supplement the “safety” of pedestrians and drivers too distracted to notice stop signs and crossing arms, and if I wasn’t maxed out on my word count I’d mention some.

Noise pollution is a serious issue. If you are lucky enough to be out of range, it still affects you. It doesn’t help to attract new businesses to create jobs and revive our downtown and local industries, or tourists to support our restaurant and nice waterfront hotels and countless other things... when we’re earning the nickname DeciBellingham.

Jack Behr