Pubdate: Fri, 02 Aug 2002
Source: Ottawa Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2002, Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Adam Wiggins
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor; headline by newshawk


Re "Rave Bylaw Will Give Parents A Boost", by Steve Madely (July 25): I am 
outraged at this column's assertion that dance music culture is somehow 
harmful to kids.

I am a DJ and longtime member of the rave/club music scene here in Los 
Angeles. Raving has enriched my life in innumerable ways. I have met some 
of my very best friends at raves in clubs over the years, and it has 
enriched their lives as well.

The drugs argument doesn't hold water. There is far more drug use at your 
average rock concert than clubs or raves. So why not a bill like this 
against rock concert promoters? This is discrimination based on musical 
taste, pure and simple.

Adam Wiggins

(Clubs already have licensing requirements -- and no one denies that every 
type of night life can have an unsavoury side)
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