New York: The Fate of Yaphank Shooting Range
Newsday recently reported a Yaphank shooting range is under attack by local activists who want it shut down. For two years the activists have been fighting to close the facility and they recently persuaded the town to try to use state laws to close it. They cite the range is a noise disturbance and a threat to water quality. The range has been in operation since the 1960s and in the past few years has had different vendors running the operation. Some of the activists content it’s “new development in an environmentally sensitive area, and therefore must be closed.” The town shot down the “new development” strategy, however. Other activists say the range is dangerous because lead could leach into drinking water. The range paid the county more than $43,000 in fees and revenue in 2007. If that’s not a good neighbors, what is? One of the skeet-shooting enthusiasts had a great observation: "What about the people who live near the railroad station? Should they move the railroad station?" It baffles me at times that home buyers complain after they sign the mortgage documents. Perhaps the simple, low-cost solution is to provide new home owners with ear plugs?