This is one of the more absurd quotes I've seen from a public official in some time. From Susan McIntire, manager of the Jefferson County Fair, regarding turning down the Rhody Fest’s Funtastic Carnival, “mainly” due to security concerns, but also because “Our neighbors don’t like it when we get too loud.”
Really? Excuse me, aren't we talking about neighbors who live next to a fairgrounds? If I live next to the airport, shouldn't I expect airplane noise? If I live next to the drive-in theater, shouldn't I expect some noise from movies and traffic?
Such excessive concern over hurting people's feelings is ridiculous.
And what are the "security concerns" cited? It sounds to me as though there is an unspoken agenda here, and I suspect it is likely due to people who disapprove of carnival rides because of the danger and risk of liability.
Let's just state what is true rather than making lame excuses about bothering neighbors with noise.
W. Carl Miller