To the Editor:
After our first big snow this winter, I read the following: “Normally, when it snows, it’s supposed to be a kind of magical, invigorating experience, a blanket of frosty quiet on the world. With the holidays come, additional notions of a White Christmas and the like. But, for disabled people like me, snow is an immobilizing force, rendering us trapped, unable to enjoy the winter wonderland and be sociable like everyone else. With so much of my freedom taken away, it feels as though I’m a prisoner in my own house.”
For most of us, we are free to go where ever we want. Neil Waswo’s Street Department plows our streets, removing every flake. We drive everywhere on these clean roads; to work, to the grocery store, to school, to drop the kids at day care. Snow hardly changes our day.
As I travel our city, driving, walking or riding, I note that almost every driveway is clear of snow and ice while many sidewalks are impassable. We treat our cars well. But a neighbor pushing a stroller or walker cannot overcome ice or even an inch of snow. For those not steady on their feet the mountains of plowed snow at driveways, alleys, and street corners might as well be brick walls.
Please help our neighbors, your neighbors, and make sure to clear the entire sidewalk in front of your residence in a timely manner. Let’s be neighborly.
Mayor Tom Hartz