It’s your walk…


One of my neighbors – an absentee landlord – has a tree with roots lifting up the sidewalk in front of his house. The broken fragments could stop a Sherman Tank. But any able–bodied pedestrian walking down my street after dark might also trip, fall, break a leg or demolish a kneecap on the broken concrete. The homeowner refuses to fix it. But when somebody gets hurt, he will be the one sued, not the town. If landlords want to make money on Jamestown, they should be smart enough to protect their investment, and their neighbors.

Contributed by
Skippy D. Jumpper & Dane Gerus Walker

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Walt Pickut
Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.