To the Editor: Sidewalk vultures return
Written by RJ Smith   
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 10:08
Winter has finally come to Bowling Green, complete with cold temperatures, snowfall ... and sidewalk vultures. Yes, those stalking vigilantes armed with snow shovels are back, terrorizing honest citizens who have the misfortune of not getting home from work in time to shovel their walks.
Last I knew, there were certain "conditions" in place, such as shoveling must be done within 24 hours of the end of the snow, shoveling must be done if more than one inch falls, etc. However, last Monday, December 31, while it was still snowing, the sidewalk vultures were out. They attempted to attack our walkways until we informed them to leave. They then attempted to attack our neighbor's walkways, neighbors who were still at work. Then there are the ones who were on vacation and were not home - imagine that ... taking a vacation during the holidays. While we tried to clear the walkways of our neighbors, we just couldn't keep up. Two people versus six vultures - the odds were against us. At least we were able to save four of our neighbors from this attack.
Considering the city offices closed at noon or 12:30 on this date, I am curious to know who gave "permission" to these vultures, especially since they were seen plowing their private customer's lots earlier in the day and didn't start on sidewalks until late afternoon/early evening. Is the city so desperate for funds that they violate their own rules? It was still snowing! I find this especially distasteful since the city didn't plow the alleys in our neighborhood. Perhaps I should send the city a bill for having to clean a passage so I could get my car out.
On a final note, I find it very suspicious that the vultures did not attack certain rental properties in our area - properties where the snow was just as deep or deeper on the sidewalks as on the sidewalks of the poor citizens who were victimized. Things that make one say "Hmmmmmm."
I guess that company who shall remain nameless has decided they need another new, big, pretty white truck with a fancy light bar on top, and the way to get it is to shake-down honest citizens. As long as the City of Bowling Green allows this practice to continue, no one will be safe. Neighbors need to take care of each other and help each other out to prevent innocent victimization.
RJ Smith
Bowling Green

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