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Snow responses puzzling

The Spokesman-Review

Today, we braved the streets and went to the superstore, where 40 people were on the roof with snow shovels; a knee-jerk response to the 28 roofs that fell in this past week. Two hundred shoppers were in the store. Forty people times 200 pounds equals 8,000 pounds. Right? That’s 4 tons more weight than the snow that’s already on the roof. Go figure!

Spokane’s streets look like a bombed-out war zone. Most of the side streets are still virtually impassable onto the arterials. Because they weren’t plowed when it snowed, traffic has packed 3 feet of snow into a foot of ice. Where you have to wait for a light to change, foot-deep ice potholes have developed where every car waits. No average car can make it without dragging bottom. Half of them get stuck; high centered on an ice bump. Yet, people are out on the streets as usual, as if it were spring.

This is Spokane. It snows here every winter! Sure, there’s more of it this year. What’s the big problem? Plow when it snows, not days later after it’s already packed. One snowplow per street; not three; blade down!

What part of this doesn’t management understand?

Ray Kresek



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