Archive for Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sidewalk shoveling requirement unfair

January 20, 2009


Editor's note: Today's letters to the editor are from Southwest Junior High students learning about persuasive writing.

To the editor:

I do not think that it is fair to assume that everyone is able to shovel their sidewalk. I would like to call your attention to Lawrence statute number 12-1801, that the sidewalk belongs to the homeowner.

If the homeowner is in any way unable to shovel their own sidewalk, then they should not be fined. Also, if for any reason they do not want to deal with the responsibility, they should not have to. People need to be more worried about their everyday lives, rather than paying for fines on how they take care of their property.

Once the government starts making people pay for a personal home keeping issue, they are overstepping their boundaries. Although the sidewalks are public, they are overall not the public’s property. Therefore the public should not complain about what citizens do with their property.

What about the streets that don’t have sidewalks on one side, but have them on the other? One side of the street doesn’t have to worry about getting fined, but the other side does. This is not fair.

The government needs to know when to stop getting into the citizens lives.

Maddie Woodard,

Southwest Junior High


Janis Pool 9 years, 4 months ago

The sidewalk closest to the street falls in the easement category. My daughter fell on ice on someone's driveway on her way to work. It has become life altering. So define fair for me.We have become lazy people and do not think past our noses. If a fine wakes us up-so be it.

Leslie Swearingen 9 years, 4 months ago

Maddie, obviously poolside is just angry because something happened to his daughter. So he is going to take the whole sidewalk thing personally.The sidewalk may belong to the homeowner. I suppose he or she would have the legal right to tear it up if they chose. However, the city has ordinances about unmowed lawns, run down houses and such.You could also say, if people have become to lazy and too soft to walk in a little snow, so be it. Stop whining about it, your ancestors walked in snow, mud, whatever.

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