You know what yanks my Cord…

…When people don’t show common courtesy for the students and residents who walk anywhere; when people don’t shovel, salt or even sand their sidewalks.

It’s becoming a huge problem in Waterloo. I walk to and from campus every morning, with it taking at least 15 minutes each way when the sidewalks are clear.

But lately, with the snowfall and freezing rain, I have had to add at least five minutes to my morning commute. This five minutes consists of slipping, sliding and usually a few falls since most of Hazel is downhill.

I understand the issues of not having your landlord offer to shovel for you and I understand a busy student schedule sometimes doesn’t allow for you to get up at 6 a.m. to shovel and salt your sidewalk.
But the reality is that I don’t care.

Residents and homeowners take the time out of their busy schedules to shovel their sidewalks and at least know that you shouldn’t just throw salt on top of the snow to make it melt (and then freeze again when it goes below zero at night).
Landlords need to step up to meet their responsibilities and students need to start taking responsibility. Sidewalks are used by everyone and we all know what it feels like to fall flat on your ass walking to campus. It sucks.
Get over yourselves and pick up a shovel.