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Continued: Readers Write: (Nov. 6): Minnesota Orchestra, affordable housing, bullying in the workplace, leaf blowers

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There are adults who bully other adults at work. It’s real, it happens. Employers would be well-served by consulting experts in how to identify and neutralize bullies before things become so serious that courts have to get involved.




Two sides to every story (sometimes more)

I hate my leaf blower (“Disturbing the peace …” Nov. 5.) It’s not particularly efficient. It’s so noisy I have to wear ear protection, which isolates me from an otherwise beautiful fall day. I won’t have a gasoline model, but the electrical cord keeps getting in the way. In short, it’s a real pain.

But then I live with pain. An hour’s workout with a rake will set off my tendinitis and leave me in agony. The eight to 10 hours it would take to rake my whole yard would leave me disabled (literally) for a week or more. I bought the blower in desperation, to come to some workable (if not entirely amicable) arrangement with my trees. It beats chopping them down.

I’m always amazed at the anger that gets dumped on leaf blowers. I use mine once a year, far less often than my noisier lawn mower. Yet every year we see these diatribes, reminding us that if we’d only use “solutions” that are not viable for many of us, the world would be a better place. So while I agree with Mager, I have to respectfully point out that (as with most issues) there’s more than more than one side.


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I write to add agreement to the commentary about leaf blowers. But I also write in regard to the greater assault on our hearing. In particular airports, the loud TVs that blare at each gate; Atlanta (home to CNN) is the worst offender. There is no quiet space. Then you have the tree-saving Dyson hand dryers and toilets that sound like jet engines taking off. I’ve seen small children scream in fright. They are also being installed in “quiet” hotel rooms. I almost had a heart attack after the first flush. Who on Earth designed these water-saving, heart-stopping devices?

Yes, get out the rakes, get some exercise, please bring back paper towels — and how fast does a toilet really need to flush?


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Anyone with moral fiber recognizes that the leaf blower is designed by the devil. This is why.

The good Lord drops the leaves where He or She wants them. Then, along comes the infidel, with his mortal blower, and rearranges them. Behold, once the heathen is finished, the good Lord puts the leaves right back to where they were.

Even an atheist can understand. Nature bats last.

MICHAEL D. HOY, Excelsior

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