Leaf blowers don’t blow leaves — people do

Jeffrey Denny

The slippery slope

Next thing you know, liberal government will be coming for our battery-powered leaf-blowers, then our Toro self-propelled lawn mowers and tractors, then our WeedWackers and edgers, and then eventually our rakes, hoes, stump-pullers and other outdoor implements. Until we have nothing left to defend our yards from tangled vermin-infested overgrowth and our freedom from tyranny.

There’s no such thing as a “gas-powered leaf-blower”

First of all, it’s not “gas-powered” until someone puts gas in it and yanks the starter cord 20 times until it starts. Otherwise, it’s just an innocent, inanimate object that’s hurting nobody.

Banning gas-powered leaf-blowers won’t stop noise and air pollution

What’s next? Banning trucks including FedEx and UPS trucks over Christmas? Outlawing Tide Plus Febreze Freshness Spring & Renewal Scent when over the holidays with relatives and other guests coming we need it most?

The First Amendment protects freedom of leaf-blowing

It seems pretty clear the Founders gave us the right to voice our landscaping preferences as loud and proud as we choose.

Lawn-care laws don’t work

Many strict homeowner associations ban lawn-mowing on Sunday mornings. But member homeowners do it anyway and then sue their HoAs for infringing their property rights.

Lake Forest, Chicago, from Chicago.Curbed.Com

Enforce the lawn-care laws we have

Washington, D.C., for example, already has a city ordinance regulating leaf-blower noise — they can’t emit more than 70 decibels at a distance of 50 feet. But police need to respond to complaints by showing up with a decibel meter.

A Pullet Surprise-winning writer who always appreciates free chicken.