Nothing destroys a spring morning sleep-in or afternoon walk quite like the sound, sight and smell of a gas powered lawnmower. How can one possibly sleep through the noise of the engine powered blades butchering living grass that has been in many cases watered along with the sidewalk? I fear for my eyes during my walk, as a stone might fly from that gas guzzling beast should the operator fail to notice I’m afoot. And then, there is the second hand gas fumes that I am forced to inhale. If Al Gore has a lawn, wastes valuable water to make it grow and cuts it, he is an earth killer.
My neighbours who let their grass grow and grow and grow without trying are friends of the earth. This is consistently ignored by the monopolists of aesthetics who appeal to the goons at city hall to adjust their neighbour’s property to their own standards. In London, Ontario, if your grass exceeds a certain length, the city will send out a crew to cut it if you fail to do so. The bill is yours to pay for the carnage left behind. London will never truly be Forest City until the grass is allowed to grow, and The Mayor of Mitchieville’s proposed carbon tax will continue to be scorned unless those precious stalks are allowed to flourish.
On the other hand of the public equation, we must not forget deserved opportunities denied to activists and government workers should we leave our neighbour’s lawns alone. In Canton, Ohio, you might soon face jail time for failing to play the role of the grim reaper. They care:
CANTON For residents tired of that overgrown lot that resembles a minijungle next door, the city wants to help by trying to put high-grass violators behind bars.
City Council wants to beef up its existing high-grass and weeds law by making a second offense a fourth-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $250 and up to 30 days in jail.
[..] Strengthening the law would give judges and police “a way to get their attention,” Law Director Joseph Martuccio said of lawbreakers. More pressure also could be applied to lot owners and those responsible through letters, conferences and prosecutor’s hearings, he said.
I, Lisa, care enough to share this important public awareness announcement with various municipalities.