Unfortunately, not everyone lives in a friendly and honest neighborhood. I have lived in Columbia, Ellicott City, Catonsville, Arbutus and Westminster, and I would never frown upon people who shoveled the snow in their parking space and marked it ("The chair in the parking space: A symbol of incivility," Feb. 19).

They took the time to come outside during the night and early morning hours to make sure they could get out to go to work and come home the spot they had cleared. Growing up in Columbia, my parents would stay up until all hours of the night to help shovel snow and bring hot coffee to the workers. But to our great disappointment we often wouldn't have a parking spot when we got home after school or work because someone whom we had never seen shovel a space had "stolen" it.

A friendly neighbor is a great neighbor. To put it simply, my husband and I believe in taking turns with neighbors. We have friends, neighbors and coworkers who we would do anything for. With no questions asked, we shovel their driveway, salt their street, mow their lawn and we pull their weeds, and especially when they are elderly we do not expect anything in return but their gratitude. And they do the same for us.

It is not our fault if the neighbor a few doors down doesn't pull their weight. I won't pull it for them, though. If you don't pull your weight then you are left out of the good citizens club.

Marcela Longoria Ridgely, San Antonio, Texas

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