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June 21, 2013

Harpersfield track violates my rights

People talk about the potential for local businesses to profit from the new race track in Harpersfield; seems that’s all that matters. Well, if we legalized hitting each other over the head with clubs, certain businesses would certainly profit — helmet manufacturers, security companies, hospitals, etc. But it has been decided that for society and business as a whole, it’s better that such damaging activities should remain illegal.

Similarly, I see that building a racetrack might be good for the guy who gets a job cutting grass at the track, the local restaurant that may sell more pizza, or the owner of the track, who wisely lives far away from the noise. NOT good for me and my neighbors who live right next to the noise that we can’t escape. Roaring engines are a constant companion, inside, outside my home; radio on, taking my shower, nothing covers that noise, morning until night, every weekend.

Sometimes authorities will declare eminent domain, taking away the rights of people to their property if the greater good is judged to outweigh damage done. My rights for enjoyment in my once-quiet country home have been destroyed by the N.Y. Safety Track, not greater good!

This business is built with private money, with its interest to cash in on racing enthusiasts having fun going extremely fast and being loud on their motorcycles. They can do things they can’t do in their own neighborhoods, but can enjoy doing it in my backyard. I defy any of you to live in our neighborhood and not be driven to distraction (crazy) by the noise.

Greg Lubinitsky, the manager, says he wants to be a good neighbor! Well when do you plan to start?

Sherman Benjamin


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