DEAR EDITOR,

In recent weeks, most communities of Northeast Kansas have accumulated more than 12 inches of rain.

This causes a variety of problems, but among them, it delays lawnmowing chores, big time. Lawns shouldn’t be mowed while saturated from an overabundance of rain. Mowing a saturated lawn strips the grass, plugs up the lawnmower and increases weed growth.

This doesn’t stop local governments from coming in and cutting a lawn — overgrown in these conditions by no fault of local residents — to create an excuse to gouge the needy and poor with fees they can’t afford, stacked onto already very high utility bills. This places a hardship on some residents, who already struggle to provide the bare necessities for their families.

There are many people in community government who don’t comprehend the principles of government of the people, by the people and for the people. Many people holding down government offices need to learn and abide by these principles, set forth by our forefathers in our Constitution to preserve our individual freedoms.

Besides, cutting us a little bit of slack on mowing our own grass would just be a thoughtful thing to do.

— TERRANCE HAWBAKER

Effingham

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