Smoke-free leaf removal leaves something to be desired.
Time was the Eastern Seaboard of the United States would disappear this time of year.
Palls of gray smoke enveloped the countryside as residents burned the tons of leaves produced by deciduous trees. Some packed them into compost heaps and in fact some still do, but most raked them into heaps in the street or roadway and set them aflame.
This was the habit at least until the EPA came into being in 1970 when communities began to hire leaf collectors who sucked up the piles and then deposited the material into civic areas, making at least a couple of rounds each fall. And it became unlawful to burn leaves in the street. This made work for the collectors, but unemployment for the thousands of youngsters who helped Dad with the raking and piling through the years.
True, the smoke was a trial for those allergic to it, but a treat for those who enjoyed the inhalation of the acrid air. It also meant the end of summer and the advent of snow time.
Aircraft travelers were astounded by the stuff that obscured the scenery below. It was, after all, Fall and there was no surer sign than this.
Sure, Fall comes anyway, I think, as I await the second coming of the leaf suckers.
But there was something symbolic about raking and burning, an acknowledgement that one season was leaving and another was on its way.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?