The epitome of...
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Before our big snowstorm, I walked past a neighbor’s quite new home on Nichols Lane and asked if the deep trench he was digging by the curb was for a sprinkler system. It was not, but rather for a sidewalk he is required to build to city specifications. I could hardly believe my ears. Though not involved in politics except to vote, I’d have gone to bat for him to fight this, as I assume others on our dead-end lane would have done.

We bought our home in 1969. Our kids and many others grew up here. With no usable sidewalks and so little traffic, we weren’t afraid to let them play on the street, ride their bikes, and walk to and from school (no buses then). Whether driving or afoot, if we saw a neighbor we often stopped right in the street to visit and still do today. Will we now walk to the side of the street, avoid parked cars, step up on the curb, walk along his walk, then step off back to the street?

I had a professor who enjoyed using the term “the epitome of asininity,” which fits this situation, but simple idiocy does as well.

Barbara Hawks


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