Junk cars a problem? Keep your eyes to yourself

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Given enough time, the junk car issue is sure to generate blight ordinances. Once begun, blight will be defined as whatever doesn't appeal to the fragile sensibilities of "proper" citizens. Egads! What's become of "live and let live"? First, it will be the old cars and then they'll be telling us what color to paint our house.

Gone from the landscape will be rusting snow machines, appliances, old furniture and boats. I don't know whether I'll be able to identify individual mountains without the familiar rusty references in the foreground.

Here's a rule that Alaskans know well: "If you don't like the looks of it, don't look at it!"

Bravo for folks who want to recycle and bring hulks to the dump. Keep the fee low. If a resident wants to have junkers removed, have someone with a flatbed and clam available for hire. But leave a man's personal junk alone. It probably serves as habitat for his critters.

Simply stated, we don't need some fancy-pants bureaucrat dictating to us what we have in our front yards.

If personally owned junk cars bother the beholder, the beholder's got more than eye trouble ... he's got his nose in someone else's business as well.

Norm Olson


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