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Is it your civic duty to shovel snow?

In some cities, citizens are legally required to clear their sidewalk. These communities feel every homeowner has a responsibility to make a clear path for other neighbors to walk. Others say that clearing sidewalks has fallen largely out of habit due to the dangers the task poses to a shoveler's health. Some kids just want to enjoy the snow, rather than clear it. What do you think?

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Cities clear the roads and citizens clear the sidewalks. It's a system that has worked for generations and it's the system we should keep today. If you are a landlord, homeowner or tenant, grab your shovel (or go purchase one) and get to moving that pile of snow out of the way. As the Washington Post's Perry Stein and Moriah Balingit put it:

Accumulated snow is a good way to separate the good neighbors from the bad ones. The good ones shovel the snow on sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses. The bad ones don’t, letting the piles melt into murky slush for their neighbors’ feet to fall victim to.

The world doesn't stop for snow, and it is a community's collective responsibility to ensure everyone can reach their destination safely.

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Shoveling snow is no easy task. In a world where everyone is required to clear their walkways and front steps, many people are going to be putting themselves through strenuous exercise in cold weather–not the healthiest combination for the average citizen. According to Star Tribune

...the Harvard Health Blog published an article by Patrick J. Skerrett in which he states, “Snow shoveling is a known trigger for heart attacks. Emergency rooms in the snowbelt gear up for extra cases when enough of the white stuff has fallen to force folks out of their homes armed with shovels or snowblowers.”

If shoveling snow can put your health at risk, it should not be considered a civic duty. 

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Many people worry about being held liable for any snow-related injuries that occur on or near their property. They choose to shovel snow in order to protect themselves. Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts and many more all have state-wide laws regarding snow removal. It is your civic duty and legal responsibility. 

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But in some areas, shoveling snow out of your driveway and sidewalk can make driving on nearby roads more dangerous. That snow has to go somewhere, and if neighbors push it to the roads, they've created an added obstacle on already icy streets.

Others simply refuse to perform the chore. 

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Is it your civic duty to shovel snow?
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#GetToShoveling
#ButSnowIsPretty