Letter to the Times: Anonymous letter writers don’t fit the definition of ‘neighbor’

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Note: The Lawrence Times runs opinion columns and letters to the Times written by community members with varying perspectives on local issues. These pieces do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Times staff.

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Regarding the paint color on the home at 1140 West Hills Parkway:

First, I scoff at all stuck-up people with their stately homes. I dislike the idea of a homeowner’s association because, generally speaking, some homeowners make the rules for all of the homeowners, regardless of their desires. I saw the new paint on this home this morning and I thought it was refreshing to see some color in that drab-ass neighborhood. When I painted my home rose pink with charcoal trim, my neighbors let me know they thought it was unexpected, but they went with it.

Next, I want to say shame on you for not having the courage to speak to your new neighbor face to face. 

“All the best!!”, “Warmest Regards”, and “My intent is not to be rude …” I offer you the Merriam-Webster definitions of the word “neighbor”:  1 – a person who lives near another; 2 – a person or thing located near another; 3 – a fellow human being.

You pass for definitions 1 and 2, but not definition 3 …

— Jo Anne Zingo (she/her), Lawrence

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