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The downside of ending electronic dance music concerts [Letter]

In the second most dangerous city in the country, your letter writers should not be too concerned with kids doing drugs ("After deaths at Merriweather, Moonrise Festival should be canceled," Aug. 7).

Their concern is admirable, but if you were to cancel a show and lock electronic dance music concerts down, it would only create a bigger backlash from fans of this music, which in turn would create a harder and heavier-hitting drug scene.

This "dangerous" Moonrise Festival also employed hundreds of people in an area that has a desperate need for jobs. There was a lot more upside to having this concert than in closing it.

And there clearly are simpler ways to handle the situation, such as drug-sniffing dogs. They've had them at Hudson Music Project, and that was a much larger festival.

Justin Davidoff

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