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Letters to the Editor

February 11, 2014

In Your Opinion: Safety Track's buzz must be silenced

Remember that mosquito last summer? Whining around your ears. Diving in for your blood. Slap, whap! Aghh. Can’t stand it! Can’t get away from it! 

What if that mosquito were the size of a motorcycle and as loud as one too, shrieking, not just whining? What if there were 10, 20, even 40 of them all at once? What if they went on all day long, Friday, Saturday, Sunday? You can’t stand it — and you can’t swat them away. It’s just not right. It’s wrong. 

Wrong for Harpersfield and our whole forested, farming, residential area, including Davenport, Worcester and Jefferson. 

As lifelong property owners, and residents within earshot of the so-called New York Safety Track, we have been deeply distressed by its establishment and operation. We personally monitored activity at the track through the 2013 season. We saw the operators flagrantly misrepresent their purposes, flagrantly violate their promises and permit, and flagrantly disregard their neighbors. Unlicensed motorcycles without mufflers, running over 140 mph — they boast of this — are a flagrant violation of Harpersfield’s adopted Comprehensive Plan and the quiet rural character it calls for.  

We’ve had motorcycles ourselves and enjoyed riding them, but the NYST should be located where it is appropriate and welcome. We must recognize that the money brought into the local area by the track is tiny compared to the loss of property value in Delaware and Otsego counties, and the loss of spending by year-round full-time residents who are driven away. In Harpersfield and the surrounding towns, the track is an unwelcome blight. 

NYST is in the wrong place, was irresponsibly permitted and regulated, and must be controlled before it destroys our community. 

Devereux Kernan and Karen Butler

Worcester

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