Thomas Paine's wisdom was not lost on the Pleasant Prairie Village Board Monday when it tabled proposed restrictions on when residents can use their snowblowers.
Trustees Monica Yuhas and Mike Serpe correctly -- and wisely -- noted that the proposed amendment to the village noise ordinance would make it difficult for persons with varying work schedules while Trustee Clyde Allen pointed out it could it difficult for stores and businesses to keep their premises safe for employees and visitors.
All of that is common sense which is in uncommonly short supply.
Village Administrator Mike Pollocoff suggests that snow blowers should be specifically excluded from the village noise ordinance. Probably a good idea but the problem isn't with snowblowers but with either a few overly sensitive people who are suffering from rectal-cranial inversion or a couple of nitwits who might intentionally offend a neighbor. Ordinances should address village-wide issues, not isolated flareups.
That any sane person in Wisconsin would have their undies in a bundle over someone trying to get the snow out of the driveway so they can get to or from work or to make the sidewalks safe is utterly inconceivable -- or is it?
After all, there are numerous stories in Wisconsin of people moving from the city to the country and then complaining about the things attendant to country living, such as the sweet smell of manure. Excuse me but the farms were there first. In other words, get a life.
In this context, it's Wisconsin. We get winter. We get snow. Deal with it even if you lose a little sleep a few nights out of the year.
The village has more important issues to deal with. Unless someone is being a jerk or an idiot with a snowblower, this should not be one of them.