Tuesday, March 10, 2015
If a home or business owner does not clear the sidewalk--people have to detour into the street and that is dangerous.
I remember in DC, one side of my block on Connecticut Ave, at least eight stores and a library, did not shovel...it turned to ice--very treacherous.
In one Massachusetts city, overnight snow must be cleared by 10 AM. Snow in the daytime? Get rid of it by 10 PM. First offense $50. Third--$200!
But this same city also decided to name and shame--anyone who did not shovel got a big ugly sign on their door.
Still, some owners say the sidewalk is not owned by them and should not be their problem.
Behn had a great quote from H.L. Menchen--"Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody might be looking."
Even if this does not faze you--would what your neighbors think of you be a motivator?
Should govertnment--some argue--even be in the business of shaming citizens? Well--check out the feds--they do it everyday. So I guess the answer is yes.
Aw--just shovel... You don't need some Harvard guy to tell you.