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Dampening Denver’s spirit

Dear Editor:Far be it from me to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm, especially when it’s in response to John Denver’s music, as it was at the tribute concerts last weekend.But why aren’t wild applause and shouting and stamping feet sufficient? Why must audience members be “assaulted by sound” by certain people who are unconscious that others exist around them?I’m talking about ear-shattering whistling. One woman who did it was sitting only two seats to my right. The man on my left also flinched from the painful piercing sound. Even after she was asked to stop, the woman whistled at the end of every song.Why is she allowed to assault people’s hearing, but I’m not permitted to give in to my instinctive self-defense measure of slugging her? I’m an adult; I’m supposed to control myself. Why isn’t the same expected of her?Anyone who commits assault with sound like that is merely gratifying an urge for self-aggrandizement. In other words, with such shrieking whistling, that woman and others like her are saying, “Hey, look at me! See how much noise I can make, because I’m more important than all of you, and I’m even more important than the performers on stage.”In response to all that “sound and fury signifying nothing,” I say, “No, you’re not.”LinelleAspen

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