As someone who takes a long walk every morning in River North, downtown Chicago, the Loop, the Gold Coast and Lincoln Park, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all those people and businesses who have cleared their sidewalks as best they could during this awful winter.

I would also like to extend an equally sincere malediction to those people and businesses who did not, in the warm and heartfelt hope that anyone injured by their selfishness and indifference sues their shirts off.

Michael Gorman, Chicago