PROBE: May 6, 2002

May 06, 2002

A RIGHT TO WANDER — I was shocked to read in PROBE that "With today's technology, child support enforcers can and do wander through bank accounts."

Banks do not let any agency wander through their accounts. The agency must have a legal right, as shown by an attachment or subpoena for records, before they will provide any information on a customer's account. — Unconvinced, Imperial

We're sure banks will want a legal document to provide account information. But it's easy for the county family support office to get an attachment order against any parent who owes back child support. That's what they do all day, get and file attachments.

THAT LOUD AND UGLY MUSIC — I live in Calexico and I can't escape those loud and obnoxious stereos playing what few would refer to as "music." I mean the stuff containing three- and four-letter words is disgusting to anyone with a minimum of common decency.


No matter where you are, waiting at a traffic light or trying to enjoy an afternoon on your front porch, you can't escape. All too often a car rolls by, the occupants thumping up the bass as if doing us all a favor and ignoring the rights of others to peace and quiet.

I really wish there were stricter enforcement of noise laws and that fines were more severe, especially for repeat offenders. I congratulate anyone speaking out against these lawbreakers. I would congratulate any police officer who cites violators every time.

For those young "music" providers, I have a suggestion: If you insist on loud, and if you like to spend hundreds of dollars on sound equipment, get some headphones and crank it up until your brain turns to jelly. But leave the rest of us alone! — Fingers-in-ears, Calexico

You will have to do what those folks in Calipatria did: talk to the police chief — and every time those music aficionados show up, call the cops.

In Calexico it might do more good to find a City Council member and plead your case to him. If necessary, get on the council agenda and tell your story. It's even better if you can get some like-minded folks to go with you.

But do something, don't just sit there and mumble angry words!

QUESTION: I am an old-timer and I remember when your newspaper was a nice community paper that I could relax and read without help. I didn't need an arm extension to read a story.

Now the paper is so long it takes two people to read it, one to hold it out straight and the other to read it. Why did you make the paper longer? I liked it the way it was. You must have had a lot of extra money for newsprint to be able to make the paper longer.

And why are the scores on the sports page so little? I can't see them! — Struggling, El Centro

The paper is not longer although your arm may be shorter. That happens to a lot of people when they get older. We checked out the scores on the sports page. It seemed to us that the print is a little small. We couldn't read the scores even with our glasses. Maybe our arm is shorter than it used to be.

Lately we've noticed the young athletes mumble on television. That doesn't worry us. Today some, if not most, programs come with captioning. We tried it but it was not easy to read. It goes too fast or something. It will be OK when we get these glasses changed.

You know what Art Linkletter said, "Old age is not for sissies!"

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