Snow etiquette and the joy of hard work [Letter]

The chair I put in my cleared parking space during the last major snowstorm did not scream I was "uninterested in the public good" but rather of the hard work that went into clearing not only my spot but the three others I helped my neighbors dig out as well ("The chair in the parking space: A symbol of incivility," Feb. 19).

Our band of snow shovelers was out together talking about how great it was to be able to see each other. And while we were moving that wet, heavy snow, we commented on the fact that we really didn't want to see a plow since we already had cleared everything from the curb to the center of the street.

The look of satisfaction and smiles when the job was finished was priceless. Perhaps that's one of the reasons why our country is in the poor shape it is today — because so many people are content to sit back and let the government take care of them instead of going out and doing what they can to help themselves.

What I saw and experienced was nothing but good, old-fashioned hard work shared by a few neighbors for our common good. And to think we didn't even send the county a bill for hand-plowing the county street.

The incivility is shown by those who are content to wait until the hard work is done, then reap the benefits of their lack of commitment to the common good.

E. Paul White, Arbutus

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