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LETTER: Reader says councillor 'clearly mixed up' on boulevard issue

'To care more about what looks poor, instead of who is suffering from being poor, is the actual immoral action here,' says reader
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BarrieToday welcomes letters to the editor at news@barrietoday.com. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). The following is in response to the story titled 'Poorly maintained' boulevards could come with a fine; issue referred to committee, published on Aug. 10. 

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What Barrie councillors are saying, when they complain about the appearance of uncut lawns, is that appearances and uniformity are more important than a homeowner's right to use their property as they see fit, or to have their property look as they please.

If it is not harming anyone else, why does it matter?

Coun. Clare Riepma, who stated that an uncut lawn "just makes the place look poor and dishevelled" and that someone who does not mow their lawn "isn't doing what they morally ought to be doing" is clearly mixed up in what is important and what is not.

To care more about what looks poor, instead of who is suffering from being poor, is the actual immoral action here. 

There are countless other issues that actually impact Barrie residents.

Whether you have to look at a lawn that is visually unappealing to you is not one of them. 

Vanessa Tassone
Barrie

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