I think that gas-powered leaf blowers are the most useless machines, and among the most destructive to the environment. The air and noise pollution are compounded by the fact that they don’t do much good. It seems that they’re used mostly to blow debris into the street. Then the mess is left to blow around again because it’s not swept up to be used as compost. Electric leaf blowers would be no better.

Why are we recycling, composting, conserving water, installing solar panels, planting native gardens, trying to buy less stuff, only to have our efforts negated by these noxious devices?

It’s way past time for Oak Park to ban leaf blowers, encourage residents and lawn services to rake and sweep instead, and let us appreciate a little more fresh air and quiet.

Patricia Olderr

Oak Park

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