In the March 30 Style article “Pedaling to the beats on D.C. streets,” Emily Wax wrote about George Whitlow, who rides his bicycle with his boom box blaring to “spread some momentary happiness.” She gave a nod to “passersby [who] find the volume of his music . . . jarring,” but some passersby find the inescapable, ear-splitting music not just jarring but also painful, intrusive and downright obnoxious. Hardly any public space is free from this noise, which pervades grocery stores, Metro entrances, restaurants and malls. Earplugs have become an essential accessory. Can’t we be allowed some silence?

Carol Clausen, Bethesda