Removing snow from the sidewalk and sprinkling blue salt on the sidewalk are two separate and unequal actions, yielding two separate and unequal results. Allow me to explain: Removing the snow is necessarily labour-intensive. It involves lifting snow off the sidewalk, normally with a shovel, and piling it elsewhere. The result is a clear walking space. Sprinkling blue salt holds none of these characteristics. With blue salt, the snow remains on the sidewalk, albeit covered in blue, and the salt damages my shoes and the environment.
It seems simple enough, but, as anyone walking around our snow-drenched city this past weekend can attest, many don't understand the difference between a shovel and bucket of blue salt. These are most likely the same people who water the sidewalk during the summer.