We had a young man who frequently drove through our neighborhood in his "rag top" Jeep with speakers booming away. One summer day, I was in my car and happened to pull up next to this young man at a stoplight. As usual, his "music" was blasting -- all the more annoying because he had removed the top from the Jeep. I just happened to have a very dramatic orchestral piece playing on my car radio (which I usually keep turned down to a civilized level). While I opened both windows on the side of my car that faced him, I turned the radio and all four speakers up to maximum volume and left it that way until the light changed. He got quite agitated, glaring at me and finally squealed his tires as he pulled out as soon as the light turned green. It was a small victory for me, but I have noticed that he seldom drives through our neighborhood anymore.
--Bette Lynn Gardner, Tunkhannock, Pa.
Hello. FYI: Chicago does not enforce motorcycle noise, or speeding laws regarding motorcycles. I live on the outer drive and for decades people up and down the drive have complained about being awakened at 2, 3, and 4 a.m. with loud motorcycles zooming first up and then later down the drive gain and again and again. No one will do anything about it. The police give it a pass. We are all going crazy and are sleepless in Chicago.
--Meryl Dann, Chicago
I have to tell you that I usually agree with your segments on "20/20", and for the most part I did agree with tonight's segment on boys and their boom cars. But I have to tell you, that if that is the worst thing they do, then what is the harm? I am a 45-year-old mother of three and I absolutely love my sporty Grand Am with its Monsoon stereo system! I blare it very loud quite frequently. I buy a car for its stereo system. Let the kids be kids. If that is the worst thing they are doing, then what is the harm? (my son and I are courteous around our neighbors but on the highway, WATCH OUT!)
--Pam Boring, Plainfield, Ill.
Today I spent over an hour with a crying 79-year-old landlord, telling her that everything will turn out ok, even though I know it will cost her tens of thousands of dollars to resolve the issue and in truth can cost her life, because at her age the stress level can be just too much.
This lady, who lived through the Holocaust and worked in sweatshops to make ends meet, decided to sell her house. The problem is that she has rented an apartment in her two-family home to a young couple with a baby, who don't think they have to pay rent, because, according to them, they "have a lot of other expenses." The landlord consulted an attorney about eviction and the attorney informed her that it will take up to one year for the process, during which time the tenants do not have to pay rent.. If they go to the Housing Department and complain about living conditions (even if there is nothing wrong with the living conditions) she will not be able to evict them at all, because then it will be treated as retaliatory eviction.
And the regulations were supposed to help people...