In response to Joan Satrom’s letter published Dec. 15 about snow on the sidewalk: I haven’t reported anybody….yet. But I’ve thought about it.

This year, October might as well have been November and November night as well have been December. Snow came in November and stayed. Where sidewalks weren’t cleared after small accumulations of snow, compaction from foot traffic caused it to become icy and uneven. Those sidewalks still have snow and ice even though we have had some thawing recently.

Joan, you don’t clear snow based on the calendar, you clear snow based on whether there is snow. I don’t know how much walking you do, but I can assure you it is much more pleasant to be able to just walk on a bare sidewalk than step carefully where there is compacted snow and ice. 

And it is really unpleasant to undergo 8 to 10 weeks of physical therapy after breaking a shoulder when slipping on ice. In fact, the city and whoever reported you may have just saved you from a hit to your homeowner’s insurance followed by and increase in premiums or not being able to renew the policy, besides saving a pedestrian from a big ER bill (do you realize how high deductibles are these days?), loss of work and misery. You would be liable.

I’m betting I’m in your age range, or close to it. I have been out there after each snowfall clearing as little as a half inch of snow. I was out there after breaking my shoulder, using one foot to help lift the shovel when I could only use one arm.

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I really hope your letter is taken as a warning to others who may be tempted to wait and see if the snow clears their sidewalk so they don’t have to.