Letter

There are 24 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jul 26, 2008, titled Letter. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

I object to the use of leaf blowers by gardeners who are supposed to be helping the Earth.

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Prorake

Hilo, HI

#25 Jul 26, 2008
Leaf blowers do not save time, as the landscapers stay the same amout of time no matter. It is not about the time it takes to finish a complex, it is I have to be here 8 hours..so if the other tasks are done, then I will walk around with the leaf blower to look busy, so I can get my hours in. I would not complain if a leaf blower did the job in half the time and then left, but they do not, they stay until it is time to punch the exit clock.
Environmental Lady

Pearl City, HI

#26 Jul 27, 2008
bobhorb wrote:
To those who are posting comments about leaf-blowers, let me offer this: your complaints are analogous to saying that all cars should be eliminated and people should use horses instead, because cars make too much noise. The leaf-blower is a 'labor saving' device and is not going away. Have you given up your kitchen automatic dishwasher or garbage disposal and done things manually lately? Join the 21st century and accept change with the rest of the world!
How can you compare leaf-blowers to cars and rakes to horses? Using a broom and rake is not that labor intensive. As for myself I prefer to ride a bike, wash dishes by hand, compost and hang clothes on a clothesline. As gas prices go up and up we will have to rely on our own physical energy more and more.
Environmental Lady

Pearl City, HI

#27 Jul 27, 2008
Aiea wrote:
When you long for the good old days of push mowers and rakes, it's a sign that time has passed you by. It's not your world any more, it belongs to the young, and the efficient.
Seems like the young are getting lazier and lazier. Just observe how much obesity rates have climbed as kids spend more and more time at the computers and TV sets instead of playing outdoors and doing yard work.
enufalready

Wahiawa, HI

#28 Jul 27, 2008
A point not made is that the small gas engines powering all those saws, trimmers, blowers, as well as mopeds and scooters, are grossly more polluting than car engines. This is reason enough to ban them. Or will you argue that speed and convenience once again trump breathable air, peaceful surroundings, and a stable ecosystem. Cities can and do ban these things and realize tremendous benefits that eclipse the short term benefits that a few get from using them. And we won't even get into the environmental negatives of lawns and golf courses, etc.

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