If one were to gauge the city’s prosperity by the countless shiny new Land Rovers filling driveways, and no doubt garages all over Newburyport, one would think that there would be excise tax money aplenty for the city to do a better job of snow removal.
Some towns use a small Bobcat plow to clear their sidewalks, while in other communities an industrial-size snowblower moves accumulated snow from curbside into dump trucks, but Newburyport apparently has neither. New York City strategically positions its two pricey melting trucks in Manhattan, their heated beds rapidly turning truckloads of snow back into water and sending it down the sewer in a matter of moments. No, we’re not likely to see one of those in Newburyport, either.
Can we get able-bodied welfare recipients to earn their EBT cards — along with some self-esteem — by shoveling snow in return for their support? It worked during the last Great Depression; perhaps it would work during this one.
There are, of course, many solutions, but perhaps Goethe said it best: “Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.”
Warren P. Russo lives in Newburyport.