Man Plays 'Taps' Outside Home, Ordered To Stop

| by Alex Scarr
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A Pennsylvania man played "Taps" outside his home every evening at 8 p.m., but his local city council voted to restrict its playing to Sundays and holidays.

Joshua Corney, a Glen Rock Borough resident and member of the local city council, plays a 57-second rendition of "Taps" to honor the men and women in the armed forces, according to Penn Live. But complaints about the noise from neighbors brought the council to a vote.

The council decided that Corney would only be allowed to play "Taps" on Sundays and holidays as a courtesy to the local residents. Corney, however, disputed the legitimacy of the decision, saying that the vote was not listed on the official council agenda that was emailed out ahead of time. Corney was also undergoing surgery at the time of the meeting, a fact he contends other council members knew and chose to exploit.

Corney responded with a post on Facebook, asking supporters to come to the next council meeting to voice their concerns about shutting down Corney's "Taps." Borough councilwoman Victoria Ribeiro said Corney's supporters brought with them an "extreme reaction," accusing those against the playing of "Taps" of being un-American and suggesting that they move out of the borough.

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"Because of the huge, largely negative reaction they witnessed, and because of the backlash directed at me for representing them, [those who complained about the playing of 'Taps'] are horrified and want nothing more than for this all to stop," Ribeiro said.

Ribeiro said she believed Corney's playing of "Taps" to be against the town's noise ordinance, which states that a resident shall not play music from loudspeakers that may emanate beyond the boundaries of the person's property. Ribeiro says she can hear "Taps" clearly from her home, which is about a mile away from Corney's.

Corney argued that if "Taps" violated the city's noise ordinance, so did the church bells and Christmas carolers. He said he's spent more than $2,000 moving and rearranging his speaker system in response to complaints from neighbors. For the most part, though, Corney says he's mostly found support.

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"It makes me very happy," Corney said, according to the York Daily Record, reports Penn Live. "I thought I would probably get a lot of people complaining about this. It makes you feel good that the majority of people are supporting this."

A petition has been set up in support of Corney, a military veteran, to continue his playing of "Taps."

"It is played as an audio memorial to honor our country, service members, and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice," reads the petition on "It is also an opportunity to reflect on and be thankful for the sacrifices it took to obtain our freedoms."

Sources: Penn Live, York Daily Record, / Photo credit: York Daily Record, WPMT, Beverly/Flickr

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