Wednesday, January 5, 2022



The mid Atlantic was hit by a nasty snowstorm Monday, and here are just a few thoughts...

I've been watching the coverage of the storm from the Washington and Philadelphia TV stations.  All did solid and credible jobs.  It was great video and useful information without the Weather Channel-style hysterics.  Whether its Wilkes-Barre or Washington, we all cover storms basically the same way.  Reporters are out in the elements, standing along roads, or driving around.  Viewers see what conditions are like as school and business cancellations race across the bottom of the screen.  I'm okay with that.

Here is why #Sad appears in today's post.  Why are there so many problems keeping roads clear?  I know Washington isn't used to dealing with such things.  Drivers aren't as skilled at maneuvering in the snow as we northerners are.  Elected officials have to do what Pennsylvania tried a couple of years ago-- ban the big trucks, at least for a little while.  Everyone else simply has to stay home and businesses need to be more sensitive to that.  Non essential businesses have to shut down and give their employees a break.  Road crews would then have the time and the space to get the upper hand on the storm.  The Republic will not fall if we lose The Gap for a day.  We can live without Baconators and Peanut Buster parfaits.  Some people were stuck in their cars, on highways, for several hours.  That should never, ever, ever happen.

We are entering the darkest and coldest month of the year.  February is no picnic, either.  There is a whole lot of winter left.  Can we please get storm recovery right?