Cliff Davis: Silent shovels

February 21, 2014 

After it stopped snowing in Garner, the quiet was deafening. Particularly, there was no sound of teenagers or unemployed adults knocking on my door, asking to shovel the snow and ice from my doorway and driveway. I saw no one in our entire neighborhood out “on the hustle.”

Heather Hills has a large preponderance of senior residents who should welcome such help. I would have gladly paid $20.

Where are the entrepreneurs who used to wash cars, mow yards and shovel snow? Are they all on the dole from parents or government? Are they too busy listening to iTunes, texting, playing “Angry Birds” and “Candy Crush,” spending someone else’s money that they did not earn to lift a hand and earn an honest dollar? My father told me that “a hungry dog will hunt.”

As kids, we earned our money by getting our hands dirty. We started little businesses and hit the bricks. Our current society is failing to produce entrepreneurs willing to do physical work, however menial. No wonder 70 percent of Americans are overweight. Attitudes and bodies need to get in shape.

Cliff Davis


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