To the editor:
While reading Mr. Brand's article about people who haven't mowed their yards yet this year on the 8th of May, my response was "Are you kidding?"
Mr. Brand, you're a good man, and I still would like to consider you a friend, but come on, the "Iceman Days" aren't even past yet! Yes, this year is uncommon for this neck of the woods, but with the price of gas and with having five inches of rain this month in eight days, my mower really doesn't do well in the rain. Every time I send my wife out in the rain, she gets all wet and might get a cold costing me more in medical bills. It's hard enough to get her to shovel my driveway and sidewalk before she can drive me out for coffee at 9 a.m.
Now as for moving to an apartment, they're all full of others who have already taken your advice in the past. People are dying while waiting for apartments to open up because we're in a bedroom city such as New Ulm where the average age is 53 plus and getting older. So isn't it up to the real estate companies to cut the grass?
Until the City Council allows us as citizens again to raise sheep or geese in Goosetown and the downtown area where I live, we'll have to wait for sunnier skies when the bunny rabbits and bluebirds make way for the evil gas-powered lawnmowers to come out. Then the petunias and daffodils can grow without the fear of frost, or should we get the P.U.C. to install heat lamps by the flowerbeds first? Have a good spring Mr. Brand and watch for me waving at the bus when you ride by.