Rights for everyone
Mr Axtens has every right to form a lynch mob, albeit a small one, to hang the organisers of the speedway from their own car aerials (Echo, Feb 4).
In fact, Mr Axtens has probably more right than any of the johnny-come-latelys to his North Lismore neighbourhood as I believe the Axtens clan has resided in that boutique ghetto for many moons.
However Mr Axtens treads a dangerous path; vehicle noise is a feature of the speedway, those engines generate huge volumes and waste precious resources, surely we all acknowledge that. Just as dilettantes claim front row seats at Ballina Players’ latest run through of South Pacific or young men flock to see Megan Fox battle mechanical beasts, fans of the speedway ‘artform’ regularly drag their knuckles along the ground to assemble at the Showground to be assaulted by volume, fumes and often rum in a can!
While I too would love to see that particular form of entertainment go the way of Lismore’s traffic lights (one set only) we must respect the right of such an event to exist. It is part of the rich cultural fabric that makes this wonderful town such an enlightening and diverse burgh in which to reside.
How about this Mr Axtens: next time the speedway is on come to the theatre, see a movie, participate in some boisterous banter at one of our late night establishments, form a band or join a debating club. An online Facebook site is about as effective as my Laser would be at the next speedway meeting.
(where we can’t hear anything but the birds and children laughing)