When did neighbors stop being neighborly?

I remember those instances of running next door to borrow a cup of sugar, a screwdriver or a set of hedge trimmers.

And a neighbor, in turn, would ask to use the tire jack or the kids to water the flowers while they were on vacation.

My daughter has a neighbor who stands with a beer in his hand, barking at her dogs. “They don’t like it when I bark at them,” he said, laughing, when my daughter caught him in the act. We were thinking of gifting him with a shock collar.

At what point does this become a nuisance? What if the dogs attack him for antagonizing them? Whose fault is it then?

I have a neighbor that “hoots.” We think that he started this tic whilst clearing his throat. Now he hoots all the time. We have determined that he is a great horned owl, through the identification from a “Division of Wildlife Owls of Ohio” recording. He also has fits of despondency that culminated in the slamming of his car door, 30 times in a 40-minute period at 5:45 a.m. Saturday.

We would like nothing better than to live in peace.

I would gladly help a neighbor in need and assist them with the daily trials of modern life. But alas, I am met with suspicion of an unknown origin for being “friendly.” So I guess we will have to live our separated lives in our hovels of despair.

Forgive me, I must go now from writing, and finish fashioning my tin foil hat.

Annette Jones



Regarding The Courier article (Page A1, April 4) about plans for housing for women addicts and their infants:

The Findlay area is fortunate to have help available for those who wish to break their drug habits, but little is said about trying to prevent drug abuse and possible addictions.

Would more resources put into public education on how drugs affect the mind and body of the user, and dangers of abuse of these substances prevent some of the needless suffering and deaths due to addictions?

In the ’80s and ’90s, there was “Just Say No” in schools, and in the community CODA (Citizens Opposing Drug/Alcohol Abuse), which had the same message — don’t abuse legal drugs and don’t use illegal drugs.

Times have changed and so, too, some of the drugs, but that message is good advice for all ages and at all times.

Alvera M. Sams