June 28, 2012 | Vol. 110, No. 26

Letters to the editor

Is music harassment?

To the Editor:

I am writing this letter concerning how a neighbor could be so eager to call the police on such petty things, including but not limited to the loudness of my music at 7 p.m. while I was in my yard filleting halibut. When an officer came to my house, the officer said my music was not that loud, but as a favor to them could I please turn down my music so that they did not have to deal with another call from my neighbors.

This particular neighbor has been known to call the police so often, that when my neighbor wishes to remain anonymous, even the officers still know who they are.

It has been brought to my attention that she has called the police on several occasions for several different issues. I now feel as though I have to walk on eggshells in my own home and in my own yard and I feel as though I am a prisoner on my own property. Now I am told that I have to document in writing or take pictures as document of the things she does that makes me feel harassed for a week or more, but it has already been documented twice with the police, the police are the ones that told me she calls quite frequently.

Now the questions I have are… At what point does it become harassment? At what point is it considered that she is using the police to do her harassing? And do to her standing in the community or her position shouldn’t she know when it is appropriate when or when not to call the police? Considering all of the other issues that happen all around town and that the police have enough on their hands dealing with real crimes, is music being played outside really that big of a deal? Or is it now harassment?

Ben Berkley Jr.

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