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Dear Abby: I think the lady who hung her wind chimes an equal distance between her house and a neighbor's had a lot of nerve. I think she should have asked her neighbor first if she minded her hanging them there. Her neighbor was completely justified in taking them down and placing them on her lawn chair with a note explaining why.

Wind chimes do scare the birds - and the racket is something else! I live in a condo, and we are not allowed to hang wind chimes from our balconies, thank heavens!- Loves peace and quiet

Dear Loves: The wind chimes controversy caused more than a mere tinkling sound. Read on:

Dear Abby: Good for the person who took down her neighbor's annoying wind chimes. I would have met the neighbor in the yard, told her what I thought about her wind chimes, and held the ladder while she took them down!

Then I would have suggested that she hang them in the living room with a fan blowing. Thus, the neighbor could listen to the noise to her heart's content without bothering anybody else.

- Elmer McKay, Duluth, Minn.

Dear Abby: In response to "Likes My Wind Chimes": I would like to say that wind chimes are themselves rude and inconsiderate! The sound does not stay in its own yard but can be heard by the whole neighborhood!

You hear them when you wake up in the morning, all day long, and you hear them when you are trying to fall asleep at night. There is no escape from them. You can't enjoy the chirping of birds, the rustling of the leaves or the other wonderful sounds of nature.

To "Likes My Wind Chimes," may I suggest you hang them in your house and turn on a fan, but keep them away from the rest of us!

- Mary Kerns, Minneapolis

Dear Abby: You suggested that the person who was bothered by her neighbor's wind chimes should talk to her neighbor about it. Well, listen to this:

Our neighbor is a widow whom we have helped many times in many ways, so when she put up wind chimes just a few yards from our bedroom window, I did speak to her about it because they disturbed our sleep, but I was not prepared for the nasty answer I got, and those wind chimes are still up!

What a shame. She lost two good friends who had done so much for her over the years. Please don't tell where this letter came from. She knows who she is. Sign us . . .

- Anti-Wind Chimes

Dear Abby: I know how "Baffled in Beaverton, Ore." felt when he held a door open so the lady behind him could enter a public building, and she said sternly, "I am perfectly able to open doors for myself."

I mentioned that incident to my Uncle Duane, and he laughed and said, "When someone sails past me without saying 'thank you' for holding the door, I say, "If you're not going to thank me, tip me!"

I thought this was so funny, I couldn't resist trying it. I didn't always get a thank-you, but the expressions on some of the faces were priceless!

- Holding the Door in Hampton Bays, N.Y.

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1992 Universal Press Syndicate