Our Voice: National Night Out a chance to be neighborly
by Press Editorial Board
Aug 01, 2014 | 3118 views | 3 3 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tuesday is National Night Out. It is a very different event now from what it was the night of the first National Night Out, Aug. 7, 1984.

At that time, many communities were seeing a rise in crime and came together for the first time as a solemn statement to criminals that neighbors would stand together and not be victimized.

Over the years, National Night Out became not only a statement of unity but also a time of celebration and fellowship. Now, the night is usually marked by barbecues, potlucks and bounce houses for children sponsored by Neighborhood Watch groups across Tracy and Mountain House. If for some it seems that some events are more celebration than statement, National Night Out remains a time for law-abiding citizens to take a stand against criminals who inhabit our communities.

National Night Out is also an opportunity. Most people drive out of Tracy to go to work every day. When they get back home after a sometimes hours-long commute, few are likely to think of going next door to chat with a neighbor or take a hot meal to someone down the block who is ill.

This isolation from people nearby is no one’s fault; it is simply is a fact of modern life. National Night Out is an opportunity to break through our busy lives, reintroduce ourselves to those with whom we share a street and practice the civility and friendliness our communities are known for.

We must never forget that unity within neighborhoods keeps us safer. If we are part of it, the same unity will also make our communities a better place to live every day.

Don't miss this chance to be neighborly.

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August 06, 2014
A great opportunity and since I was feeling rather neighborly this night, I decided it was time to go introduce myself and a friend to our new neighbors who have been living in the bushes along the railroad tracks for the past few months.

I introduced myself first then my friend Louis V. Slugger to our new neighbors.

It went well I think.
August 07, 2014
Wow! Heartwarming! Why don't you consider bringing them food instead of a threatening baseball bat and exchanging verbal strife and gutteral non-verbal gestures with Louis and whatnot?

You are aware that if you start going there with food you could meet their basic needs without giving them money to feed any addictions, if applicable?

You also realize they may be traspassers on the railroad tracks and that you don't have to show a weapon to get them removed, you could instead pick up the phone and describe what a "nuisance" they have become, if applicable?

How heartwarming you must feel? Two thumbs down for you.

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