It’s (Still) a Free Country

Dear Short Answers: The house next door is for sale and my wife and I are very concerned that we get the right family — quiet with no little kids. The last family had two little terrors who started playing outside (weather permitting) at the crack of dawn every Saturday and Sunday. My wife wants [...]


Dear Short Answers: At what point can I steal my neighbor’s dog? They pay absolutely no attention to it. It’s either inside all day whining or outside tied up. I don’t think it’s ever been bathed. I checked and it doesn’t have a license. But when I called the local shelter they told me that [...]

Hell No, We Won’t Go

Dear Short Answers: I have a neighbor who is constantly inviting me and my wife to their home for drinks or dinner or parties. We said “yes” once and had a horrible time — we were bored to tears. We’ve said “no” the last 10 times but she persists. How can I convince her once [...]

A Dog Eat Dog World

Dear Short Answers: A new family just moved in next door and they have two pit bulls. We have two boston terriers. There is a fence between our yards but the problem is whenever all four dogs are outside, the pit bulls bark ferociously and claw violently at the fence.  Then our dogs start barking, [...]

Peace On Earth

Dear Short Answers: My neighbor is a prostitute — I know because she told me. Consequently she has men in & out of her house at all hours of the day & night. The problem is that my dog barks whenever a car pulls in or out and my hooker neighbor complains. She asked me [...]


Dear Short Answers: I just moved to a neighborhood where the houses are very close together. My wife & I don’t mind this except for one thing. Our neighbors never close their curtains. It doesn’t matter whether they are taking a shower or sitting on the toilet. We can see pretty much everything from our [...]

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Dear Short Answers: There’s a woman who lives next door to me who I think is a prostitute.  There are men coming and going at all hours of the day & night.  They don’t make noise and they don’t look dangerous. Do I just ignore this or should I ask the police to investigate? A [...]

Santa Claus, NOT

Dear Short Answers: I own a business in a small town where everybody knows everybody else. This is great for most of the year. But about this time, I can barely leave my house without someone asking me to donate to this charity or sponsor that event. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing — eating, [...]

Could It Be…Too Much Information?

Dear Short Answers: How do you deal with a nosy neighbor?  It seems as if my life is her business. Don’t want to be insulting but enough is enough! Help! I’m Looking through You Dear Through: Less sharing and window shades should do the trick. Like Unlike

Temperature Rising

Dear Short Answers: It’s 100 degrees here and my neighbor is too cheap to run his air conditioning. So he comes over every night to watch TV in my apt. Can I charge him for 1/2 my electric bill? Irritated Dear  I: Of course you can’t.  But if you don’t enjoy his company, don’t let [...]

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