Boston Fines Woman, 76, $200 for not Shoveling Snow

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A 76-year-old woman on a fixed income has been fined $200 by the city of Boston for not shoveling snow from the sidewalk in front of her home ( http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2017/02/support_piling_up_for_retiree_hit_with_ticket ). A stranger has offered to pay the fine for her, but she says she’d rather appeal it.

I imagine there are still places where neighbors would have shoveled it for her. She made a start on the job, but when a lot of the snow turned to ice, she couldn’t finish.

Our glorious leaders may not be able to protect us from gangs of illegal aliens, but heaven help you if you can’t shovel away all your Global Warming. Boston officials appear to be uncomfortable with all the bad publicity they’re getting. Well, they deserve it.

In my own neighborhood, it’s usual for a bunch of us to pitch in and shovel for the few people who aren’t physically able to do it. No one makes a big deal about it; it’s just what we do as a matter of course. Last winter it took half a dozen of us to free Harlem’s car. He was down with cancer (he has recovered!) and couldn’t do it himself. So we did it for him, because that’s what neighbors do.

Obviously the city can’t allow the sidewalks to pile up with snow. Just as obviously, some people are unable to shovel it away without help. So you help. It shouldn’t be an opportunity for government to whack somebody.

Don’t these little tyrants in Boston have a school bake sale they can raid?

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

3 responses to “Boston Fines Woman, 76, $200 for not Shoveling Snow

  • Linda Sorci

    Idiots! I’m so upset I can barely comment rationally. God is watching these numbskulls. May a roof full of snow fall down upon their heads!

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  • Erlene

    We are hearing all kinds of horror stories like this coming from the City of Spokane. In fact, this city doesn’t seem to be able to do anything about all the pot holes in the streets, clearning sidewalks (public) and commercial, and they do harrass home owners who can’t shovel their sidewalks. Sink holes are appearing in roads, landslides, overflowing streams- it is a real mess. Everyday, there are fatal and near-fatal wrecks.
    Then, we have news about school guards handcuffing little grade school kids in class rooms. I shake my head in disbelief.

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  • UnKnowable

    Just before the Roman Empire fell from prominence, their authority crumbled. I think that is what we are seeing here. The “authorities” sense that they have lost control and are seeking to reestablish it by harassing innocents, as opposed to trying to enforce what little is left of the law.

    I believe the Second Coming is at hand, but that is not humanly provable until it actually happens. Second Coming or not, the System under which we live is in near collapse.

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