There was only one catch, and it was Catch-22

Maria at the New Paltz Gadfly takes aim at a proposed noise ordinance in her fair city:

The new proposal requires a permit from the Village Board to attract public attention using any noise (2-5 F, 2-9 A, B). This one is pretty convenient at keeping activists on the hush. If we want to protest the noise ordinance, do we need to get a permit from the Village Board, to protest the Village Board?

More on the noise ordinance from the Times Herald-Record, the Examiner and -- what else? -- Facebook, where an opposition group has posted the actual text of the ordinance.