A fail­ure to clear the side­walks

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Ric Rivera,

A few days ago I saw a hand­i­capped per­son dan­ger­ously work­ing his way up South Broad­way in the slush, snow and muddy cold splashes that ex­isted in the gut­ter. He had no side­walk op­tion, as 75 per­cent of the side­walks had not been cleared. The traf­fic sped past him at nor­mal speed with no ex­pec­ta­tion that they would en­counter this poor soul.

I can’t imag­ine the in­dig­nity of such cir­cum­stances for those sim­i­larly chal­lenged. Fate put them in a wheel­chair and now our so­ci­ety ig­nores their spe­cial needs.

Where is our civic con­cern and re­spon­si­bil­ity re­gard­ing clear­ing snow from walks? Many pedes­tri­ans nav­i­gate these dan­ger­ous walks at con­sid­er­able risk, be­cause the laws that re­quire snow clear­ance af­ter storms aren’t en­forced. Pub­lic safety? Wait­ing on the sun to do the job?

Mer­chants of all kinds are open for busi­ness; they dis­play Amer­i­can flags and ad­ver­tise their busi­nesses. Shouldn’t they show some civic re­spon­si­bil­ity? Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­post.com or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact us at 303-954-1331.

A pedes­trian walks along Yale Av­enue near Dahlia Street in Den­ver on Dec. 17.

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