In response to Melissa Humphress (letter, May 12), I, for one, feel this city desperately needs as she calls it “The NEAT police.” Perhaps Humphress lives in a neighborhood where everyone takes pride in their yards, owns their homes, and maybe you even still have block parties with your neighbors!

This is not the case all over town!

Twenty-three years ago I purchased my home in a quiet little neighborhood with nice friendly neighbors who spoke to each other, took pride in their property, generally a lovely little neighborhood.

One by one my neighbors passed away and these properties are now rentals owned by “slumlords” and the tenants don’t care!

To the right of me I have looked at a toilet and a sink lying in the yard for a year and a half. Snow is not cleaned up, leaves are not cleaned up, the lawn is only mowed when it reaches the brink of overgrowth.

To the left of me the same but almost worse as there is a cab service being run out of the property. Apparently nothing will happen as long as cab signs are removed when they pull up.

Same situation, trash all over, no yard cleanup at all until it reaches the brink of overgrowth! Cars lined up and down the street, both sides, in and out all hours of day and night.

So yes, we need the NEAT police and yes we need the “zoning czar,” because I shudder to think how my property value has plummeted with all of my rental neighbors who just don’t care!

Lori Lamb



In her column (Viewpoint, May 14), Kathleen Parker, on President Trump’s achieving the release of three U.S. hostages from North Korea, has this caveat: “Also, it was during Trump’s presidency that 22-year-old university student Otto Warmbier was returned to the U.S. in a coma… .”

Otto Warmbier was arrested in January 2016, seven years into the Obama administration and his Department of State. Otto was in a North Korean jail a full year under the feckless Obama State Department. No mention of Obama in her column.

Blaming Trump for Mr. Warmbier’s death would be like blaming President Reagan for the taking of 66 U.S. hostages by Iran during the Carter administration.

Unlike Obama, at least Carter tried to get them out.

Craig Nichols