March 28, 2014

Speakout: March 28, 2014


At 3 p.m. the day after the big storm, on Route 3 the sidewalks that the city/town/state/county is responsible for weren’t shoveled off. If they can’t keep the sidewalks shoveled off, how do they expect citizens to do it, especially elderly, disabled, sick or single parents with small children?


Unshoveled sidewalks equal lazy teenagers. Come on, kids, get your clients, go door to door and get busy. Ten dollars to shovel after a storm, 10 clients, 100 bucks. Three more seasons. Grab a rake, push-mower and trimmer. Keep in shape and make money.


Protect our kids from tobacco marketing and remove advertising from convenience stores. I went to Canada recently and noticed all of their tobacco products are covered. Why can’t we do that? Smokers can still buy what they want without the kids being exposed to the industry’s deceptive marketing.


Justify marijuana prohibition. Whatever you say was said a century ago about alcohol. Prohibition just makes non-violent citizens into criminals, costing us tax money on jails and enforcement. Let’s tax and regulate it, make money instead of spending it, and move on from this dreadful waste of an experiment.


Before the city charges someone for their sidewalks, have they looked at lower Bridge Street where the train station is, which hasn’t been cleared all winter. Everyone equal or don’t charge.


Our sons and daughters enlist, serve in harm’s way and come home with an honorable discharge. Someone wrestles at West Point for one year and claims the same honorable discharge. 


As a first-responder, I am very grateful for the plow-truck drivers making the roadways safe, but why does it seem that every person with a snowblower blows all the snow back into the road they worked so hard to clean and make safe?

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