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It's about common courtesy

April 8, 2010 - Lee Smith

The Sentinel recently ran a letter to the editor from a distraught pet owner who had just put down her dogs. She did so because her neighbors kept calling the police, because her dogs were barking all the time.

It seems to me several better solutions were obvious: The neighbors should have gone directly to the woman and complained. And, as a good neighbor, she should have done something about all the barking. Something far short of putting her dogs to sleep. That's just unbelievable.

To make matters worse, the letter writer made a pointed attempt to argue that people living in town shouldn't be so concerned about barking dogs. That is just ridiculous. Let's take "barking dogs" out of the equation and make it "running your lawnmower" at 2 a.m. Or running a chainsaw. Or revving your motorcycle engine. All of these things represent noise pollution and no one is entitled to commit this nuisance at the expense of neighbors.

Fundamentally,  it seems a lot of people out there could do a better job of being neighborly, given ongoing complaints about barking dogs around town, as well as other noise pollution. This isn't an in-depth issue. It's about courtesy and treating others like you'd like to be treated.


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