In regards to a recent (July 30) letter Let’s all chip in and buy Mr. Hodges a set of earplugs. I would suggest that it is Charlene Davis not Steve Hodges who doesn’t understand the meaning of empathy. To call someone with a different opinion “a rotten whiner” isn’t empathetic, it’s ignorant.
Also, if you had a neighbour with an intense love of loud music and a huge stereo that was played at top volume any time of day or night, would you be happy with a set of earplugs?
I myself get great joy from riding my motorcycle or driving a rather loud hot rod. If I were to offer you a set of earplugs would it be alright if I travelled up and down your street revving my engine for 12 to 14 hours a day seven days a week?