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Aggies and residents can co-exist well

Aggies and residents can co-exist well

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Eagle Editorial Board

This is a busy time in College Station and Bryan. Public and private schools began classes last week and, on Monday, Texas A&M University and Blinn College students head to class. High school football games have kicked off and A&M faces its first foe of the year -- New Mexico -- at 6 p.m. Saturday.

While most Aggies have already moved into their dorms and apartments, more will be arriving today. After a long, hot summer, it is good to see so many young faces in our stores and restaurants again. They bring a special vitality to the community when they are here.

That doesn't mean there aren't problems. We have to learn to leave more time to get where we are going. Waiting times can be longer at our favorite restaurants. Sometimes the movie we want to see is sold out. Those are small difficulties that can be lessened with proper planning.

Of greater concern is the occasional friction between permanent residents and our young guests who call this home for four or five years. Particularly in neighborhoods where some homes are rented to students, problems can arise. Sometimes student parties get too loud or revelers leave trash that spreads throughout the neighborhood. Rarely, they do things they shouldn't do. There are ordinances in both cities that address these and other concerns.

But a little preemptive action can solve some of the problems before they occur. Permanent residents and college renters should get to know one another. It is easier to work through issues when people know and respect each other. It is also harder to trash an area when you know your neighbors and understand their concerns.

The renters should give their more established neighbors their phone numbers so they can call if parties get too loud or rambunctious. They also should be quick to police their yards after an event so that the appearance of the neighborhood can be maintained.

There are some things this community will not tolerate: driving while intoxicated, illegal drugs, abuse of others and so on. Follow the rules and everyone can have a happy year.

We are glad the Aggies are back. Best wishes for a great school year. We think they will find this a pretty good place to call home, even if only for a while.

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