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Good Fences
Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 • Posted April 18, 2012

Dear Citizens of Mason,

Why does the Odeon Preservation Association (OPA) want Reigning Cats & Dogs to take down their fence? They say they need to use our easement to have “access” to the back of the theater, so artists can enter that way. Well, the City of Mason cut down all the trees, took down a fence, and removed a carport so the OPA had unlimited access to the back of their theater, WHETHER REIGNING CATS & DOGS’ FENCE WAS REMOVED OR NOT! So, here we are, 2 years later. The theater has a 14-foot-wide aisle next to our fence, with no trees, no chainlink fence, nothing blocking their back door. Additionally, they have 50 feet of “easement” behind our fence on our property to drive across. Heck, we don’t even mind if they park there. Still, they are pursuing a lawsuit to make us take our fence down.

Everyone who’s lived in Mason awhile knows during strong rains the Odeon used to flood. The rainwater management system Reigning Cats & Dogs installed is handling their own rainwater and the Odeon’s, as we tied our gutter together so the Odeon’s rainwater would go into our system. Have you had to put your feet up lately to avoid getting wet while watching a movie? No? Thank Reigning Cats & Dogs!

So let’s follow this lawsuit through to the logical conclusion: the Odeon wins their suit, the fence comes down, and they start driving over Reigning Cats & Dogs’ drainage system, compacting it and rendering it useless. Is the Odeon going to pay Reigning Cats & Dogs damages when their building starts flooding again? Is the Odeon going to bring in Jaston Williams again to pay for the damages? Or is the Odeon going to pursue their 2-year-long campaign, through harassment and lawsuits, to run the Newsoms out of business, and attempt to purchase 120 Moody Street on the cheap if they fail, so as to bring to fruition their overblown fantasies of a “world-class theater” (kiss the movies good-bye, folks! We’re having “theatre” now!)

Additionally, removal of the fence makes Reigning Cats & Dogs vulnerable to crime - three rear doors on an alley - let’s help ourselves with a midnight discount. Obviously, Reigning Cats & Dogs will lose in many ways if the fence comes down - we flood, we get broken into, we are vulnerable to vandalism. But what are the benefits to the OPA? They already have access! In this case, I truly believe that good fences DO make good neighbors.

Sincerely,

Lenore Newsom

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