, Salem, MA


March 1, 2013

Letter: Citizens, take responsibility for snowy sidewalks

To the editor:

For nearly 20 years, I commuted to Boston on the train from Beverly and was fortunate to live within walking distance of the Montserrat train station. What a treat to get some exercise and breathe some fresh air on a near-daily basis.

For the past 21/2 years, however, I have been commuting by car to New Hampshire, so when I have the occasional opportunity to work in Boston and walk to the train, I look forward to these simple pleasures from my past. Today, however, was not pleasurable. I was too upset and disappointed that nearly three weeks after the Blizzard of 2013, I was having to walk in the street much of the time, as many sidewalks were still not clear. This was especially unpleasant this evening as I walked home in the dark, in my dark suit and coat, and in the street out of necessity. I did not feel safe.

I am a taxpayer, but I do not hold the city accountable. I feel it is the responsibility of residents, of my neighbors up and down Corning Street. It’s what good neighbors should do. I want you all to be safe if you choose to walk in front of my house. I want our children to be safe as they walk to school or the bus. I want our mail carrier to be safe. I didn’t see any driveways or walkways to doors uncleared.

Please be good neighbors and shovel your sidewalks, too. By the way, I would fully support an ordinance in Beverly requiring residents and businesses to clear their sidewalks. If helping your neighbor is not incentive enough, maybe a hit to your wallet will be.

Bailey Bishop


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