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Why the Controversy Over a Planned Disc Golf Course in New Jersey Is a Big Deal
Christopher Maag reports on the controversy surrounding a planned disc golf course for Rifle Camp Park in Woodland Park, New Jersey.
About a thousand people have signed an online petition against the idea. Opponents argue that golfers will trample Passaic County’s last preserve of rare plants and habitat for migratory birds. They fear Frisbees speeding through the air and striking, maiming ― possibly even killing ― birds, deer and humans.
According to Matthew Jordan, Passaic County’s deputy administrator, the course is included in the park's master plan, and its funded with a $20,000 grant from Horizon Blue Cross.
Given the heated rhetoric flying back on forth on either side of the issue, Maag is compelled to provide a take on the controversy, describing it is as another example of "Americans' inalienable right to crankiness."
Richard Cowen has reported on the controversy in the past.