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Letter to the Editor
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Help your neighbor

I agree with the VND that it is important to keep the sidewalks open (“Laurels & Lances,” Jan. 4), but there are aging people in this area who are unable to shovel or financially incapable of paying someone else to do it.

Neighbors used to help out neighbors, and there were always a few kids out early with shovels looking to make a buck shoveling a sidewalk or two. But in my 20 years here, I've seen that phenomenon only twice. You'd think kids would like to make some money.

The fines for not shoveling are easier to endure than a myocardial infarction. For those who can do a bit more sidewalk tending, help out an elderly or infirm neighbor. Put your back into it or give your snowblower an extra walk or two.

Be a good neighbor; Mr. Rogers will smile down upon you.

Robb Trappen


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