Turn it up | Letter

May 09, 2017

This note is in response to Nathaniel Brown's April 27 Letter to the Editor, "Turn down the noise, Edmonds."

Granted, Edmonds is a noisy place on Friday and Saturday nights up to 10:30. Then the sidewalks are rolled up for another week. A lot of people come here on Friday and the weekends for good dining and a good time.

I say good for them and our local businesses, and if somebody wants to complain about people having a good time, maybe somebody should spend more time in our local library.

I take it Mr. Brown is not a member of our Seahawks’ 12th Man. He should visit our Sounder train stop a couple hours before a local Seahawk game.

Rain or shine, win or lose, lots of fans and lots of noise! ENJOY!

Hays McCormick


Comments (1)
Posted by: Nathaniel R Brown | May 11, 2017 10:25

Mr. McCormick seems to confuse restaurants with sports events and Sounders' trains.

While I'm not a member of the Seahawks' 12th man, I have coached at 3 Olympics and 14 World Championships  and I do know what sports noise is: in 1993, at Falun, we had 458,000 spectators at the relay race, and the noise was so great that we had to give split times on a blackboard because the athletes simply could not hear the coaches, no matter how close we were to them.  Oddly, no one suggested we should invite all the spectators into a restaurant to carry on.  And while I do enjoy libraries, I also enjoy dining out with friends where it is not necessary to yell to be heard.  An ear-splitting din is not synonymous - or necessary - for having a good meal.

Let's save the yelling for the sports events and let the fans have a great time in the stadium or the train, where such noise is expected.  But not where people are trying to dine and enjoy each other’s company: that’s just bad manners.  Restaurants and sports venues should not be confused.

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