(Note: The following letter and photos were submitted to this blog by a guest reader and a Dorchester resident. The Times staff has determined that, despite its controversial nature, the article is appropriate for publication. Other guest articles may be e-mailed to Dorchester.Times@gmail.com for consideration.)
Dear Dorchester Times,
If you have watched ESPN's Monday Night Countdown during football season, you know
Every community in Nebraska has a handful of neglected properties that also make you want to scream, "C'mon, man!" You know the ones I'm talking about. The ones that look like the owner is purposely trying to recreate the set of that old TV show "Sanford and Son." Dorchester is no different in that regard, even if it's just a very small percentage of homes that are painful eyesores.
Recently, on a walk around our town of Dorchester, my wife and I decided to snap pictures of the most offensive properties in Dorchester. I do understand not everyone is physically able to take care of their yards and homes the way they would like, but I'm talking about the properties that someone actually had to work hard to mess up!
I can count about seven or eight truly offensive properties. I am sending you pictures of some of them, though I know you've seen them, too. One is on main street! The owners of these properties should be forced to clean up immediately. How would you like to be a home owner next to one of these "beauties"? Neighbors have rights, too. We pay taxes, too.
What happened to consideration for our fellow man (and woman)? What happened to hometown pride? What happened to self dignity?
Sorry for this rant, but I am proud to be a Dorchester resident. I love our community and want it to never stop improving. I don't know how to force someone to take care of or clean up their property. Obviously, the town's threats of fines or even bulldozing isn't motivating some people, so maybe public pressure and shame are the only alternatives. It's sad to think so.
I doubt your blog will run this or my photos. I won't blame you if you don't, but I don't know what else to do other than to say, "C'mon, man! Clean up your act."