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Posted by on May 8, 2013 in At TMV, Featured | 3 comments

In Boston and Cleveland tragedies, a case for more neighborliness

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In Boston and Cleveland tragedies, a case for more neighborliness (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View Neighbor Charles Ramsey speaks to media near the home where three missing women were rescued in Cleveland May 6. Cheering crowds gathered on the street where police said Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight were found. Ramsey helped one of them escape.(Scott Shaw…

  • zephyr

    Nearly a third of would-be attacks by Muslims have been thwarted by information from American Muslims

    I’m pretty sure that isn’t common knowledge.

    Generally speaking I think neighbors keep to themselves a lot more these days and the sense of community suffers as a consequence. I own a home in the country (trying to stave off the suburbs) and like my privacy, but I’m also friendly and try to be aware of what is going on around me – to the extent possible anyway.

  • This is an interesting point. I had this same discussion with my dental hygienist on Tuesday afternoon as we were talking about the three kidnapped girls (now women). She mentioned that “back in the day” she used to know all of her neighbors and now knows very few. I’m guilty as charged as well since I only really know the families two houses adjacent to my end-unit townhouse. I see a few folks at HOA meetings, but I don’t KNOW any of them nor have I been in many of their houses. Just a reminder to stay vigilant in your neighborhoods… HOA or community meetings seem to be the best place to meet people for child-less families like me and my wife in our young family.

    I sometimes wonder how much the internet has to do with this lower-level of interaction with neighbors that appears to be happening. We find our niches on the internet and connect with existing friends via Facebook (i.e. we get our social interaction quota from home without having to go outside now).

  • This will be the next threatened civil liberty: the right to MYOB and have others MYOB when it comest o your own life.

    Every attack results in more threats against civil liberties. Patriot Acts, warrantless wiretapping, internet/email monitoring, religious interference (telling mosques to spy on their congregations). Now we’re going to start holding neighbors accountable for each others crimes, creating more mistrust.

    Oh, and we’re all heavily armed, too. Good luck spying on your neighbors!!

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