Re “Downtown, it’s extremely close and incredibly loud” (Opinion, Shawn Hubler, Nov. 8): It’s not just downtown that is noisy. It is everywhere. Motorcycles and loud cars waken me nightly. Rick Hulshoff may think that loud pipes are a safety mechanism, but I fail to see how my neighbor revving his motorcycle at 4 a.m. and setting off car alarms is about safety.
People don’t have loud pipes for safety. They have them to call attention to themselves. I agree that loud pipes should not be a high priority for the CHP. But, people should not annoy the rest of us with their loud pipes. They may believe that they have the right to make all the noise they want. Maybe they do have the right, but they also have a responsibility to respect the rights of others. There is a difference between having loud pipes for safety and being obnoxious. In a democracy, your rights end where mine begin.
Robert Rice, Sacramento
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