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LETTER: Archery generally a safe hobby, but Solon Springs range location flawed

To The Telegram: Archery. Is it safe? I would have to answer yes to that question. Overall, as outdoor sports go, I would have to say that archery can be one of the safest sports there is. However, can you guarantee anyone that an unfortunate acc...

To The Telegram:

Archery. Is it safe? I would have to answer yes to that question. Overall, as outdoor sports go, I would have to say that archery can be one of the safest sports there is.

However, can you guarantee anyone that an unfortunate accident will not occur while enjoying this "safe" sport? You've probably heard the saying that "it's 'safer' to fly than ride in your own car," but will you hear the airline industry claim that "an aircraft never goes down"? I think not.

The real issue (in Solon Springs) is that, yes, an archery range can be safe, just like air travel, but can anyone guarantee that no accidents will occur? The indisputable answer to that question is a resounding no! So the next question would be, why would anyone want to put in an archery range directly next to a residential home, much less in a residential area where the range is not completely indoors? To me, no one in their right mind would. Would anyone say "hey, lets put an archery range next to the playground at the school?" I think not. So what is the difference between that and putting one in a neighborhood having many children, young people, adults enjoying a walk along the road, horseback riding, horse and carts or anything else that people do for the reasons they live in this rural neighborhood?

With so much available land in the area, why this small seven-acre piece along Baldwin Avenue in a neighborhood with children right next door? Why can't it go somewhere where there is no danger to anyone, where there aren't any children, pets, houses, farms, or livestock? Oh yeah, let's not forget all the other reasons that the location for this archery range/club is a bad idea. What about the added noise that reduces the quality of life for the surrounding residents? What about the added traffic that also adds danger to the people of the community that use this road for walking, jogging, horses, etc..? Why would an archery club even want to be in a location such as this, is beyond me.

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I would love to join an archery club, but not one as foolish as this.

-- Sean Butler,

Solon Springs

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