The golden rule, and the importance of respecting one’s neighbours

I own property. It is private property, and I can do what I want with it.


Editor: I own property. It is private property, and I can do what I want with it.

If I give permission for someone to use it, rent it out or sell it, it is my business.

I can hold a rock concert on my property because it is private property, but I will not because I am a good neighbour and I do not have the freedom to do that.

I do not have the freedom because I do not want to offend my neighbours.

I can burn whatever I want to on my property [pending fire bans and size regulations], because it is private property. But I do not because of air pollution, or a fire ban.

This is because I am good citizen and do not want to offend my neighbours.

I can put up a garden shed on my property because it is private property. But if I do, I will not start before 8 a.m., maybe 9 a.m. on the weekend, because it would make too much noise for my neighbours.

I can also fix cars, build hot rods or do anything within current bylaws on my property, because it is private property and I can do what I want.

I have my freedom and my rights. I can wave my arms as much as I want.

But if my rights and freedom interfere with someone else’s rights or freedom, and my waving of arms interferes with someone standing close to me, then my freedom is curtailed with by their freedom.

We live behind a logging road. I understand it is a private road that is rented out to many logging trucks.

Most drivers are courteous and come down the hill with consideration as to the amount of noise they allow the truck to make.

One driver, Scott, who I discussed this with, mentioned that is it easy to slow down a little in consideration for others in a residential zone.

I appreciate that. I also appreciate that jobs are important because it keeps the economy rolling and pays taxes.

What I do not appreciate is when there are some drivers who make excessive noise, “because it is private property” and use the Jake Brake, or engine brakes for 5 minutes while speeding down the hill.

I have even witnessed one idiot driver passing another down the hill!  This is less than two city blocks before the stop sign across from the old dry log sort in Honeymoon Bay.

I understand that it may be out of our area drivers who do not respect others.

The same idiots who speed on the highways and will cause a major accident one day.

I only hope you have not been drinking or smoking something at the time.

Casey Koster

Honeymoon Bay


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