There will be only one capital offense: using leaf-blowers.
More precisely, hiring people to use them. On weekend mornings when you are off in Cap d'Antibes or somewhere. And I won't even get into the whole sociology of who's hired to use these machines.
No, this scene is not my neighborhood. Tactfully, it's a Flickr photo, but it shows what mine sounds like, even now when the leaves are still up on the trees.
You have been warned.
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James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. He and his wife, Deborah Fallows, are the authors of the new book Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America, which has been a New York Times best seller and is the basis of a forthcoming HBO documentary.