Snowy sidewalks

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Re "Salt Lake City may tweak sidewalk snow ordinance" (Tribune, Jan. 29):

If the City Council decides it's acceptable to ease requirements for clearing sidewalks, other ideas for saving residents' time and effort come to mind:

Why require people to pick up after their dogs? Why not allow everyone to park wherever they want, cruise through stop signs or keep borrowed library books for as long as they want? The city could save huge amounts of money wasted on enforcement costs.

Do we want to live in a civil society, or just let everyone fend for themselves?

People do use sidewalks — school kids, dog walkers and just us folks who bought houses in a "walkable neighborhood." For a while after the big storms, my street had one clear (sort of) traffic lane; no one should have to walk there.

Salt Lake City Councilwoman Jill Remington Love's house is near Uintah Elementary School. More than anyone, she ought to take responsibility for clearing her walk.

If you need help, make friends with your neighbors. If you're just lazy and thoughtless, well …

Laurie J. Bryant

Salt Lake City