Every day, I look forward to my morning walk in Centerville. I love the peace that I find walking along. Too often, however leaf blowers make me interrupt my quiet time and ruin it.

It happened again in February, even though it was closer to the end. The smell of burning gas was overwhelming. This unwanted intrusion is not for me, but it is my responsibility to pay the price. Not fair.

We must have been influenced by our love of English country style and wide, green lawns. The fact that lightening bugs can lay eggs on fallen leaves could explain why we don’t see them blinking on summer nights. Leaf blowers aren’t the only problems they cause. They are among the most polluting animals known to man.

Two-cycle engines are used to partially combust gas-powered leaf-bowers. The exhaust, which is a part of the downwind air, also adds carbon dioxide. This is more than we would get from an automotive for the same amount time.

Nearly 100 communities in California, our nation’s capital, and Concord, in the Boston suburbs, have all banned or limited gas-powered leaf blower use. Sometimes the community’s motivation is asthma-triggering dust blown up by the leaf blowers. Sometimes it’s the loud whining sound.

Barnstable has a noise ordinance. It is nearly impossible to report violations. We should ban Barnstable’s noise ordinances because of the pollution they cause on Cape Cod. Climate change will have dire consequences.

There are many other options than stinky gas guzzlers. Rakes don’t make any noise, produce no dust, or burn any fossil fuel. They do burn calories which is a plus. The electric leaf blowers produce less noise and polluting emissions than the gas-powered versions. I’m not going to discuss how one might collect fallen leaves after gas-powered blowers have been banned, but there are options.

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How is it fair that my grandkids lose beaches and extreme weather to allow someone else, who may already have died, to have a green yard? It’s almost like using the public swimming pools as a toilet. Not fair.

A wise man said that we don’t inherit the earth from our parents but have borrowed it our children. In this vein, I urge the Town Council to ban gas-powered leafblowers. It will help all of us and our grandkids’ future.

Steve Waller is a resident of Centerville.

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