Letters to the Editor

Not everyone’s fit enough to shovel

Here is my response to “Get your snow shovels out,” Letters, The Leader, Nov. 29.

Oh, to be young, strong, healthy and able to do all things; to look at the world and say, “If I can do it, anyone can.”

The author obviously thinks those elderly folks in danger walking on snow-covered sidewalks should be out shovelling them instead.

No thought is given to our aging population that’s steadily increasing, with baby boomers quickly catching up.

How smug to point a finger and say “do it.”

Try finding someone to shovel your walkways. Most young people dismiss manual labour, even for good money.

Commercial snow removers take days to come and don’t service some areas of Surrey, assuming you booked them in September while still accepting new clients.

Maybe the author thinks Grandma should grab her cane, put her boots on, and start shovelling. It would make life so much easier for all.

If she gets her sidewalks clear, the paramedics can make it to her door and folks can push their baby carriages safely past the ambulance when out for their afternoon stroll.

Just send the municipal fine directly to the hospital.

Those truly concerned could canvas their neighbourhood and ascertain who needs assistance with snow removal, then help them find someone to do the job or maybe do it for them.

Complaining is easy.

Helping takes a lot more work.

 

Marilyn Randle, Surrey

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