LIKE A BAD NEIGHBOR

Always looking for a scapegoat: I am going to try to sell my home soon. I have a neighbor with an autistic son who talks to himself in the front yard and walks the neighborhood doing things typical of one stricken with this illness. Is Glenn Melton saying that I have to disclose my neighbor's son as a nuisance ("Hot Potato," John Dickerson, November 8)?

If I do, the mentally ill will become pariahs. Worse yet, they will be used as scapegoats for regretful home buyers who want to unload their homes that they're upside-down on. In this depressed real estate market, there are some who will use Mr. Melton's case as a precedent to get out of their bad purchases.

The actions of Mr. Melton (the CEO of Realty Executives, by the way) fly in the face of what Realty Executives has spent tons of advertising money trying to portray — that they "do real estate the right way." You won't see a Realty Executives sign in my front yard!
Sheila Smith, Phoenix

Living in hell: My husband and I lived in pure hell for three years because of a neighbor who was mentally ill. I could not go into certain portions of my backyard, and never into the front without being screamed at and threatened.

She created posters for her front yard with all kinds of accusations and hung them in her trees. My personal favorite was the sign that referred to me as a "----ing Hindu," religious tolerance (I'm Buddhist) not being her strong suit.

We had police, with lights blazing, on our street to respond to complaints at least once a week, sometimes almost every day. But we were assured by her mental health caseworkers that she was completely harmless (although the police officers always had to respond in teams of at least two because of her previous threats).

For the love of Pete, she tried to have the gnomes in my front yard arrested! Innocent gnomes! The poor officer who had to respond to that complaint . . .

Anyway, I never blamed the man who sold us the house for not telling me the neighbor was mentally ill. And I know he was harassed also on a daily basis (she hated construction and our house was a flip). Imagine my surprise when I discovered our new house had been previously condemned and was reported as a neighborhood eyesore.

But it wasn't the seller's fault — some people are just really, really weird, and that is life. Where on Earth should the line be drawn? Are private medical records going to be dragged into court to prove up property values?

The neighbor actually died in her home a few months ago, and we all felt so sad. She had made the entire neighborhood miserable, but she was still a human being and must have been miserable, alone in her house peeking out the windows at the horrible world.
Lydia Price-Dougherty, Tucson

Where's the due diligence?: As a homeowner in Phoenix, I find in appalling that we should be responsible for disclosing the mental capacity of our neighbors. If Melton really had a concern about this issue, he could have talked to neighbors or checked police reports (public records) before he purchased this home.

This is simply a case of a home buyer with buyer remorse who does not want to take any responsibility for his decisions in a poor real estate market
Name withheld by request

Do your homework first: When you buy a home, don't you drive the neighborhood and check out how people take care of their yards and what type of cars they drive to get a feel for whom you will be living next to? When I bought my house in a neighborhood that was turning for the better, I knocked on the doors of the houses on either side to meet the people I would be living next to. I asked them questions about how safe the area was.

I do not think Nathan Thinnes needed to disclose any of this information. The buyer should have done more research. If he would have spoken to any of the neighbors on this street, it sounds as if he would have heard about Candy Tatum and could have made a sound decision at that time.
Name withheld by request

GUT PUNCH

Saddened by Carbajal saga: Danny and Michael Carbajal were the men who taught me how to really throw a punch. They trained me for some time in the junior middleweight division at the Ninth Street Gym. It was the best experience of my life, and I'm truly saddened by this whole incident 'cause I talked to them about [boxing] all the time 'cause I always looked up to them ("Brother's Keeper," Paul Rubin, November 1).

I feel sorry for Michael and what he is going through; I pray for him and the family.
Davey Altamirano Jr., via the Internet

Shame on you, Danny: Danny Carbajal and his daughters ought to be ashamed of themselves. This boy [Danny] needs to go away for a long, long time. Unbelievable!
Luis Lopez, via the Internet

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brian dennis
brian dennis

Just who pays for this ANDREW THOMAS having his face on bill boards,TV, posters, and radio, It looks like political self-promotion under the guise of public service.How is it this man can abuse human rights and the constitution on a daily basis with out recrimination? How is there any correlation with Thomas's news conferences with public safety and crime prosecution? Why would any conscious citizen in our country allow such obvious blatent political whoring , with it's fascist undertones to continue? Just what demographic does this "napoleanonic" freak think he is appealing to? I am 56,white and a professional.I never would have given this man any thought you see, but I have have spent 2 1/2 years in Mr thomas's legal torture chamber of horrors. I am one of many that receive a legal gang rape from this man...thank god I am white.... I am very afraid

 
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