The only problem the Lej has with this proposal is that it is a Democratic proposal and where it has passed is under Democratic leadership. If this were a Republican proposal, it would have greased on through. If they think they have to pass it for whatever reason it will come to the floor with Republican sponsorship. Heaven forbid a Democratic proposal should get a hearing much less a vote.
After reading all the reviews I certainly appear to have missed as much or more that I dearly would have loved to hear. Such is the problem of being only one person who must attend on a linear time line. By Saturday night my wife and I were exhausted. We had attended over 40 performances in whole or in part as well as 7 of the Jam sessions at the Rochester Plaza. We couldn't venture any further in the rain on Saturday so we sat over the best Festival food at the Rochester Club and enjoyed Alex Pangman, who was not reviewed, for our close. WE never even made it to the Plaza. If anyone cares, my thoughts of each night can be seen at xctraveler.blogspot.com
MY response on the survey was I would consider continuing to purchase the Club Pass, but I would expect that Club Pass holders would receive a sizable (50%) discount compared to non Club Pass holders for Kilbourn shows. It would be worth it to me not to have to line up at 3 PM as we did early in the Festival.
After reading your blog above, I downloaded a Sound Meter App for my phone and started noting sound levels in the venues. In general in the venues I saw 80 to 83 Db Equivalent to "Busy Traffic" according to the meter. Unfortunately I did not get to use it on any of the outdoor venues since the rains came.
I will attest that from a purely personal pain measure Soul Stew was somewhere up there with Fire Truck or Fighter Jet Taking Off. I didn't have earplugs in and did not have my hands free to cover my ears so we hurried as fast as the crowds would permit.
There is NO reason for this level of sound pressure. For that matter I would think that it should be limited by ordinance to 80 or 85 Db as a matter of community health. If the Health Department can't regulate this, I would think the the producers are in a position to require lower upper limits to the levels.
I seldom comment anonymously. I am retired and cannot be harmed by possible repercussions that way. I reconsider what I write before I post because I know I will attach my name to it, usually. I argued with MATowler about moderating the comments until I looked at unmoderated comments sections which permitted anonymous posting, ugh!
I post in many forums under the handle "xctraveler" but anyone interested can go to the profile section and learn my name. The options as I see it are to ban anonymous posting in which case many people will create pseudonym accounts or to moderate the postings. In either event only the publisher has freedom of speech and that is as it should be and as the constitution intended. Anyone can begin their own publication if they want unmuzzled freedom to rant on.
Ron, Thank you for your thoughtful reviews I can't help but note that my wife and I are from the same planet as you with regard to volume. Louder is NOT better. It just obscures the potentially beautiful.
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