Today’s Editorial: “Ear plugs”

POSTED: 03/1/11 12:47 PM

It’s raining press releases about the upcoming Carnival these days. It’s an exciting time of the year for many people, and even though the grand parade is still 59 days away, Carnival will be a steady presence in the newspapers during that time.
One issue has never been addressed by the organizers during forty-plus years of celebrations: the effect of the sound levels during the grand parade on the eardrums of small children.
In Curacao, the University is getting ready to at least investigate this aspect. Next Monday a group of twenty students will examine the use of ear plugs during the children’s parade.
It’s an excellent idea, something that St. Maarten ought to pay attention to, though we think that it is not really necessary to do scientific research into the damaging effect of Carnival sound walls on hearing. We need action.
So here is a suggestion. The HIV/Aids management program distributes free condoms during the Carnival to promote safe sex.
The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation ought to expand on this initiative by distributing free ear plugs and by encouraging parents to protect the hearing of their children. The SCDF still has about 58 days to come up with a plan and to find those ear plugs for our kids.

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