Busy­bod­ies should mind their own busi­ness

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Opinion - ters@lodinews.com.

Ed­i­tor: I have been a res­i­dent in Lodi for al­most eight years. Since liv­ing here, I have come across some nice peo­ple as well as some rather un­trust­wor­thy char­ac­ters. While I do en­joy liv­ing here, I feel that there is a grow­ing prob­lem — busy­bod­ies.

Th­ese peo­ple, who are ei­ther un­em­ployed, un­der­em­ployed or re­tired, feel the need to poke their nose where it doesn’t be­long. They call the po­lice or code en­force­ment to re­port mi­nor and unim­por­tant in­frac­tions. Things such as long weeds, a ve­hi­cle that has not moved in a few days or a ve­hi­cle that is parked on dirt.

While some in­frac­tions do need to be paid at­ten­tion to, long weeds, a ve­hi­cle parked in dirt or a ve­hi­cle that has not been moved are in­frac­tions that, in my opin­ion, should not be ones that need to in­volve code en­force­ment or the lo­cal po­lice. What­ever hap­pened to the “good neigh­bor”? Neigh­bors that would ac­tu­ally help each other ver­sus re­port­ing them re­peat­edly for in­frac­tions that are inane and in­con­se­quen­tial.

While I do get the im­por­tance of code en­force­ment, I do not see the ne­ces­sity of pes­ter­ing those who are hav­ing ei­ther fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties, space is­sues for park­ing or are busy peo­ple that have lit­tle time to do yard work and can­not af­ford to hire some­one to main­tain it. Let alone liv­ing in a neigh­bor­hood where the lo­cal chil­dren throw their candy wrap­pers and trash on their neigh­bor’s lawn.

My ad­vice to those who are busy­bod­ies is plain and sim­ple: do not poke your nose where it does not be­long. If you are go­ing to poke your nose into some­one’s busi­ness, be pre­pared to get a deep un­der­stand­ing of what those peo­ple are go­ing through be­fore pass­ing judg­ment and call­ing the code en­force­ment or po­lice. It will make you less of a heel and may pos­si­bly turn you into a bet­ter in­di­vid­ual. JA­SON SILVA Lodi

Frus­trated with po­lit­i­cal ex­trem­ism

Ed­i­tor: Much more of­ten than we like we are “treated” to the dark, vit­riol of ig­no­rance, anger, and dis­in­for­ma­tion of the ex­trem­ist right wing. Such is the let­ter of July 12 au­thored by Mr. Por­tal.

There are many con­ser­va­tives I ad­mire, even though I dis­agree with their po­si­tions on po­lit­i­cal is­sues. Por­tal’s “whole cloth” dis­dain of those he de­scribes as sen­si­tive left­ists is ab­surd.

Just as there are racists, there are politi­cists. Cas­ti­ga­tion of any­one who doesn’t sub­scribe to their view of the world shows a very trou­bling and fun­da­men­tal dis­re­spect of other pa­tri­otic cit­i­zens of this coun­try who hold dif­fer­ent views. It is anath­ema to the demo­cratic ideal as well doc­u­mented in our Con­sti­tu­tion, Bill of Rights, and it’s var­i­ous amend­ments.

More to the point, it is an ab­di­ca­tion of re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zen­ship, in this coun­try. Too, Por­tal’s opin­ion that Trump is what the Repub­li­can Party has been wait­ing for since Rea­gan re­minds me of the story about a mother at­tend­ing her son’s grad­u­a­tion from Army boot camp who ex­claimed: “oh look, my son is the only one in step!” GARY MAURER Lodi

Let­ters in­vited

The Lodi News-Sentinel wel­comes opin­ions from its read­ers. Let­ters must be signed and in­clude the writer’s ad­dress and phone num­ber for in­ter­nal ver­i­fi­ca­tion pur­poses. All let­ters are sub­ject to edit­ing. Let­ters from lo­cal read­ers deal­ing with lo­cal is­sues are given pri­or­ity. Let­ters from out­side the lo­cal area are pub­lished at the ed­i­tor’s dis­cre­tion. Let­ters longer than 350 words will be cut to fit or re­turned to their writ­ers. There is a hold­ing pe­riod of 30 days be­tween pub­li­ca­tion of let­ters by the same per­son un­less no other let­ters are queued. Send let­ters to P.O. Box 1360, Lodi, CA 95241-1360; or email to let-

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