Letters to the Editor

June 29, 2010

Keep up the fight against noise pollution

To the editor:

County Commissioner John Barr is to be highly commended for addressing the issue of noise pollution. Noise pollution severely degrades the quality of life.

I was told some months ago that Washington County has no noise regulations. When I moved to Washington County, I did not discover until too late that I was within two miles of a drag strip and a factory. Every beautiful weekend is plagued with noise until late at night. If you are not told by Realtors or others who know and you do not explore every mile of the county, you can end up living near a source of noise pollution.

None of the literature urging people to move to this county contains the caveat: Beware of noise pollution. Washington County has such natural beauty it is a shame to let noise detract from it. There seems to be nothing to curtail the noise of car/motorcycle mufflers, boom boxes, public address systems, etc.


Common decency and respect for others cannot be relied upon to limit noise; there must be enforced regulations. Other counties in this and adjacent states must have regulations that could be used as models. I wish Commissioner Barr great success in what will surely be an uphill battle.

Vance L. Creech

Thank you, Officer Forrest

To the editor:

A few Sundays ago I was walking on Dam 5 road, just off Md. 68 toward Ernst Country Market. The weather was foggy with a light rain.

I started having trouble catching my breath, and began shaking all over. I stopped walking and felt I was going to pass out. I knew that I needed help. I saw headlights from a car and flagged it down. You know the old saying, "Where is a cop when you need him?" Well, he was sitting right there in an unmarked SUV. I started to explain to him, but he took one look at me and said, "Get in." I felt better immediately after sitting down. The officer told me to take my time and settle down and asked if he could drive me home or call an ambulance. I asked if he could drive me up the road to my car, as I was beginning to feel much better and felt that I would be all right to drive myself home.

The Department of Natural Resource police officer who helped me was Officer Scott Forrest.

I want to thank him by this letter as well as the people who hired him, his training department, his senior officers and commander, who taught him among the many other things that a police officer needs to know, how to help people in need.

Don Shipley
Clear Spring

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