Cleaning up turns into a snowball fight

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, April 16, 2007

I would like to thank all of those who participated recently in removing the snow from the soccer field in preparation for the upcoming soccer season. I would especially like to thank those who shoveled or dumped snow from the soccer field onto the track.

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A few weeks ago, when a group was organizing to clear the snow from the track, several members of the soccer community called, e-mailed or otherwise contacted people who were preparing to remove the snow to voice concerns that the snow not be placed onto the soccer field. It was never the track group's intent to relocate the snow to the field, and no snow from the track was moved there.

On April 7, however, those clearing snow from the soccer field were dumping wheelbarrow loads of snow onto the track. City facilities personnel were on site, and when the placement of snow onto the track was mentioned to them, they said they would ensure the track was cleared. When adults who were helping remove the snow from the field were approached about dumping snow onto the track, they said they were told it was OK to do so by the city. Several of these adults were the same ones who voiced concerns about snow from the track being placed onto the field.

Why would these people who were so adamant about not moving snow from the track to the field think that moving snow from the field to the track was acceptable? Any attempt to justify placing snow onto the track, even if the city said it was OK, is a case of self-centered pomposity.

The proper thing to do would have been to remove the snow in a manner not to cause more work for others and certainly not to undo the work of those who cleared the track.

So again, I would like to thank those who dumped the snow onto the track, because you have verified my faith in people doing what is easy and convenient and not what is right. Anyone offended by this letter is reinforcing my belief that they are merely looking after their own short-sighted interests. The hypocrisy of your actions speaks far louder than your words.

Robert Sowers


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