Go ahead, call me naive for believing our elected officials should behave the way we wish our entire community to behave. Unfortunately, we are so often left disappointed by them. It is no different in Maumelle. That’s right, Judge, I’m speaking to you.

Last Sunday, you chose to call the police on my husband because you decided his drum practice was too loud. You do not live on our street. You don’t even live within hearing distance of the drums. You just happened to be walking by—at 3 o’clock in the afternoon—and called the police. Our neighbors, who had been outside with us all day, had no problem with it. In fact, we have a friendly relationship with all of our neighbors. In two years of drum playing, we have never received a single complaint. Yet our very own elected official chose to call the police instead of walking up the driveway, introducing himself, and having a polite conversation. Even worse, when the police car left, you walked across the street and proceeded to talk to our neighbors about us as you pointed at our house. Not exactly neighborly behavior, Judge.

I wonder if you would have made the same choice if he had been playing the violin or cello? Regardless, I would expect a person of your position to handle the situation in a more mature, amiable way. In the future, I hope you’ll behave the way you would like to see your constituents behave toward one another. Next time you’re walking by, stop and make a request. He’ll play your favorite song for you. That’s neighborly.

Dana Garrison