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Thank you. It’s good to be able to have considered conversation.

I know what you’re saying about not wanting to be lumped in. No matter who you are, it is frustrating to be judged by people who know nothing about you.

But, continuing with the trash talk…if that influential neighbor at the far end of the block, who is not affected by the stench or the rodents, refuses to sign the letter to the trash-in-the-backyard person because they don’t want to get involved, they are likely to get some ire from the neighbors who are affected. It’s not corner-neighbor’s fault, they aren’t putting trash in their backyard, they aren’t causing the problem nor are they supporting the problem. But if they are unwilling to use their influence to expedite help from the health department, or even to get involved at all, and if they claim it’s really not such a big deal (because they fail to see the rats that are running around biting children further down the block) they may find themselves facing a lot of cold shoulders around the neighborhood.

Please understand that I’m not accusing you of being that willfully ignorant neighbor, I’m just explaining why people might get lumped into the “part of the problem” category even if they are not overtly or intentionally participating.

My hope is that through conversation, and willingness to consider the validity of a broad variety of perspectives and experiences, everyone’s neighborhood can be more pleasant.