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It’s never too late to shovel your roof

February 8, 2019
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

I've heard a lot of talking about the current short-term rental situation and from more than a few people I hear the same metaphor, the old "the horse is out of the barn" phrase.

This is an apt comparison, but I think it's limiting. It's a phrase that makes it seem like the road ahead of us is impossible. It may be hard, but it's not hopeless. So I'm going to propose a new metaphor.

It's never too late to shovel your roof.

Let me give some context. The house that I live in has an addition with a very low angle roof. It's ridiculous to have a roof like that in our climate. All it does is collect snow. I have no idea why they did that, but it was done by someone else a long time ago. Now it's my problem because when the snow gets deep and the ice backs up under the shingles, the roof leaks. So several times a year I have to climb up on my roof and shovel the several feet of snow that have accumulated. The snow is heavy and deep, and the ice is thick. I hate doing it. So every winter I put it off and put it off until the snow is well over a foot deep. This makes the job much harder. Had I dealt with earlier, it would've been a breeze. Some day I'll learn.

But the one thing I have learned is that it's never too late to start shoveling the roof. No matter how deep I let the snow pile up, it's still better to get up there and take care of the problem than to give up and let the roof rot and cave in. And that's what we need to do. We need to start shoveling our roof. Sure, it would have been easier had we not let the snow pile up so high, but the roof hasn't collapsed yet. So let's start shoveling.

Dan Cash

Lake Placid



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