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Drift race at county airport was a disturbance

Dear Editor:

The use of the airport for drag racing was asinine, to say the least. I thought drag racing took place on a tar and gravel road at 3 in the morning, James Dean style. The continual whining of engines and the smoke and noise from screeching wheels were a complete disregard for those who live nearby. Moreover, this event was a misuse of government property and personnel and created an enormous liability for us as taxpayers.

I would not want to ruin anyone's fun, but this event disturbed the peace and was a nuisance for about 12 hours. ...

Charlie Newton and Don Norton have yet to return my calls but seemed comfortable "throwing Mike Carrington under the bus." Carrington assured me this was a popular and profitable event.

The proceeds will be split with the county, he says. I am anxious to see the financials that he promised.

Find another place for "drift" before it causes another "rift." The unused industrial park would be an ideal place for it. Or the parking lot for that palatial courthouse.

"Drift" is unwelcome to me.

Alex Cawthon, Thomson

Web posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011

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