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                                                                              THE MAGAZINE OF NAPLES

                                                                            Volume 10 Issue 5 | May/June/July 2019

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        The Naples Songbird                                                
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                                                                   No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form by
           The Naples songbird that we all                          any electronic or mechanical means without permission from
        hear starting early in the morning and                     the publisher. Life in Naples regrets that no responsibility can
        continuing until the afternoon has an                       be accepted for unsolicited material. Opinions expressed by
        ear piercing damaging sound. You say                            contributors or advertisers are not necessarily those
        “ What are you talking about ?” I’m                                             of the publisher.
        talking about the gasoline “two-stroke
        engine“ that powers the lawn blowers,
        a piece of obsolete machinery that are
                                                                                 publisher        reg buxton
        used everywhere in our City. Is there
        a better way to do this job, my answer is, Yes I think so.      account executives        rosemary fox - national
        Let’s look at some reasons to make that change.                                           248.515.1423
                                                                                                  colette m. beringer - local
           Nature Communications in a 2014 study found that a
        variety of carbon gases that can produce smog and harm
        humans were on average 124 times higher from an idling          contributing writers      mayor bill barnett
        two stroke engine than from a truck or car. BENZENE                                       jeff lytle
                                                                                                  congressman francis rooney
        a carcinogenic pollutant found in each cubic meter of
                                                                                                  diana jarrett
        exhaust from the same idling two stroke engine contains
                                                                                                  sandra lee buxton
        60,000 times the safe level of exposure
                                                                                                  lois bolin
           Studies have shown low frequency noise has great                                       claudia polzin
        penetrating power. It can travel through walls, barriers                                  paula allia
        and many kinds of protective hearing devices. One                                         aimee schlehr
                                                                                                  ron mcginty
        acoustic study showed that in a densely populated
                                                                                                  karen coney coplin
        neighborhood, a gas powered blower rated at 75 decibels
        of noise can affect up to 15 times as many houses as a
                                                                            graphic design        IMA Creative
        battery powered blower with the same 75 decibel rating.
           As I spend time around our City, a friendly cup of
        coffee in the morning with friends or talking over lunch,
        the noise created by the “Naples Songbird” comes up more
        than occasionally. The items referenced in this article
        originated in an article written by James Fallows in the
        April issue of Atlantic Magazine. It is well worth reading
        and sets forth a solution to a problem that affects citizens
        just like you and me.
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