New Social Justice Movement: Stopping Leaf Blowers

They must be eradicated from society. For social justice!

With an unmatched capacity for sending leaves scurrying, the leaf blower has become a staple of South Florida’s verdant landscape.

Its banshee-like roar and hurricane-force winds may be grating, but some folks have learned to tolerate the blowers’ noisy presence.

But a group of Palm Beach State College students says the price of cleanliness is too high when it endangers people’s well-being, and the plug should be pulled on the obnoxious machines. They not only generate noise pollution, the students say, but also present a health hazard.

What started as a classroom exercise in persuasive writing will become a real-time lobbying effort directed at the people who run Palm Beach County on Tuesday, when the group will plead its case.

The students are seeking a total ban on leaf blowers but will be happy if the commission simply agrees to study the issue.

I have to admit, I’m not a big leaf blower fan, mostly because they are used in the wrong place. How often do you see some moron using them to blow stuff into the street? Things that are hard and can ping off your expensive vehicle? I’ve never been pinged, but, I saw it happen, the result of which was a brawl and the cops showing up. Using them in this way is lazy, and, yeah, what if someone is pinged in the head? One summer I worked fixing roofs on commercial buildings. We used the blowers on the roofs for a few reasons, one of which was to move the stones that are used on the roofs, and they could chuck them pretty far. But, they do have their legitimate uses.

The story does highlight some of the bad effects of leaf blowers, missing is being hit in the head with a stone. Then

But the more they learned about the machines, the more they became concerned, until they crossed the line from academia into the real world.

“Here they are trying to be socially responsible,” said Riley. “They feel like they’ve taken personal responsibility for social change.”

And you thought I was kidding about the social justice aspect, didn’t you?

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8 Responses to “New Social Justice Movement: Stopping Leaf Blowers”

  1. Phineas says:

    I hate leaf blowers. Much less efficient than a simple broom and rake. But these “students” need to get a grip.

  2. captainfish says:

    I love leaf blowers. You get a tree that sheds leaves at the drop of a hat.. and a wind-catch area around your house and you have leaf-hell. Leaf blowers can help clean by blowing the leaf and grass and other clutter away, thus keeping the house area free of detritus. Or, they can be reversed and used to suck up the leaves for mulch or trash.

    Either way, broom efficiency is another man’s sleep time.

  3. Adobe Walls says:

    I doubt any of those students have ever used a lawn rake or probably even a broom.

  4. Personally, I think they’re opposition to leaf blowers is veiled racism, because we all know that most of the people who clean yards are Hispanic.

  5. captainfish says:

    Yes. And that is why I am pro-Blowing. (cough)

  6. david7134 says:

    Has anyone voiced any concern or even passed a bill to reduce others influence in our lives??

  7. captainfish says:

    YES!!!! All the figgin time!! But, socialism, communism, and no anarchism is the fav of the day.

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