Thumbs up: York City litterbugs and nuisance neighbors would be held accountable on the spot under a proposed Neighborhood Improvement Ordinance.
City officials are considering giving property-maintenance inspectors the authority to immediately issue a $25 ticket for certain violations — such as throwing a candy wrapper in a storm sewer , having an overgrown lawn or dumping debris.
All already are illegal, but the current enforcement system can be cumbersome and time-consuming, requiring multiple notices and often resulting in an appeal to a district judge. Minimum fines for these types of violations are usually about $100.
The proposed ordinance would get an offender's attention immediately and hopefully nip the problem in the bud without putting "an undue burden on them," said Steve Buffington, the city's building-code official.
We like the idea of ticketing immediately, but we don't think a $100 fine is a burden on litterbugs and nuisance neighbors.
They are burdens on everyone else who lives in the city – bringing down the quality of life as well as property values.
They don't care about anyone else, and we're not sure $25 is enough to make them change their ways.
City council should approve the ordinance, but with a higher penalty.
Thumbs down: Wild baby animals don't need your help.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission warns people who think they're "rescuing" whitetail fawns, baby raccoons or foxes, baby birds or other young wildlife might actually be dooming them.
Some animal parents will abandon their offspring if they are handled by humans, which can relegate the young to a life in captivity, according to commission spokesman Travis Lau, because natural fear of humans helps animals survive in the wild.
Actually, he said, odds are the young critters aren't orphans at all. In most cases, the parents simply are off foraging for food for their young.
The commission is trying to spread the word now that fawning season is upon us.
"Pregnant does are going to begin giving birth," he said. "Soon there will be a number of fawns that people will encounter, maybe even in their back yards."
Anyone who still thinks they know better than Mother Nature might want to consider this:
It can be illegal to possess or "adopt" wild animals, Lau said. Fines can reach $1,500 per animal, according to the commission.