Sunday is no different than any other day

There are so many more important things to discuss in Maple Ridge than lawn mowing hours.

Editor, The News:

Re: ‘No mowing lawns at 9 a.m. Sun.’ (The News, Nov. 20).

I was rather surprised to see that our council was debating what the municipality should have with respect to Sunday hours for lawn mowing.

In case council is stuck in a bit of a time warp, let me remind them that life goes days a week.

I remember a time when only garden centres were open Sundays, when drug stores were allowed to open, but had to close their food aisles because grocery stores were not allowed to be open that day.

Whether we like it or not, this practice is in the past.

Sunday is no different from any other day.

Some people may choose this as a day of rest and family, or as a holy day. But many do not have an opportunity to do so.

A bylaw for lawn mowing hours?

If we must, then fine, add it to the bylaw. It should read  7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Sunday and statutory holidays.

Good, heavens, there are so many more important things to discuss in Maple Ridge than lawn mowing hours.

Linda Fulkerson

Maple Ridge


Leaf blowers, too

Editor, The News:

Re: ‘No mowing lawns at 9 a.m. Sun.’ (The News, Nov. 20).

Can we include leaf blowers in there, please.

I have a neighbor who is so enamored with his leaf blower that he runs it daily this time of year.

There is no room in my house where I can escape the whine of this offensive machine, which he runs for hours at a time.

I have gone over to let him know how loud it is for his neighbours, but chooses to disregard us in his never-ending pursuit of a leaf-free roof and yard.

I have read that the gas powered leaf blowers register at higher DB ratings than most other home machines, including mowers.

He, of course, wears ear protection during his ‘hobby.’

Susan Ahwley

Maple Ridge

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