I don't know what it is about small towns in the United States, but in every one that I have been in, there seems to be at least one or two neighborhood feuds going on. Most feuds that I have encountered are over silly things. However, the feud centered around the intersection of Fourth and Lincoln in Athena is over - well, you know what. It's been so long that I don't think anyone remembers what all the feuding is about. But there are a whole lot of people getting real tired of it, and they aren't even involved.

I'm not taking sides; I don't care who's right and who's wrong. The question I pose to the warring parties is this: Is there any reason why you can't mind your own business every once in a while? What is it that your neighbor is doing anyway that causes you so much grief that you have to call City Hall and complain every other day? Don't you think it's a little bit childish - I know I do. If things are truly so terrible here, maybe you should just move.

Seriously, isn't it time to stop now? It has gone on for years, with only one result: You look like fools in the eyes of your peers. Just live and let live and keep your mouth shut. It works for most people, and usually works for me, but I have had it up to my eyeballs with living in what has become a hostile environment. Please, just let it go and act like human beings for a change.

Rick Lowery


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