Just shovel the walks

It’s our responsibility to clear sidewalks for mailmen and neighbors

Posted 2/14/22

A week ago, Paris and Edgar County were digging out from the largest snowfall in the last couple of years. The City of Paris, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Edgar County Highway …

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Just shovel the walks

It’s our responsibility to clear sidewalks for mailmen and neighbors

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A week ago, Paris and Edgar County were digging out from the largest snowfall in the last couple of years. The City of Paris, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Edgar County Highway Department, township road commissioners and workers in other cities and villages deserve our thanks for working to make our roads and streets passable for those of us who were traveling to and from work.

So, imagine our surprise (editor’s note: sarcasm) when local Facebook and other social media exploded with complaints the city didn’t scoop their sidewalks. The complaints ranged from outright calling out the city council members, street department workers and anyone else as the reason their walks weren’t cleaned.

Among those who felt the wrath of the aggrieved were our local postal carriers who were not able to deliver mail Thursday and only made a partial delivery Friday. What happened, one man demanded, to delivering the mail through rain and snow and sleet?

The truth is, of course, postal carriers cannot deliver what they don’t have. The postal truck did not make it to Paris on that Thursday and arrived at noon on Friday, Feb. 4. By the time the mail was sorted, only a partial delivery was possible.

Here’s the other important fact. If you want to receive your mail, clear a path to the mailbox. If you are unable to do that work yourself, reach out to a neighbor or family member.

The winter storm also delivered headaches and struggles for those with limited mobility. Although everyone experiences difficulties with unshoveled sidewalks, it’s still possible to travel amid the storm if you’re capable.

For those using mobility aids such as a wheelchair, scooter, walker or cane travel is nearly impossible, as the snow makes walkways unnavigable. That means clearing sidewalks from the senior citizen high rise and Highland Court to Walmart and the sidewalks around East Jasper Street. This would be a great service project for a Boy Scout troop, a service club or even the PHS football team.

So instead of blowing up social media complaining, let’s help each other and solve the problem. After all, isn’t that what small town, rural living is all about?