Closed Schools and Unshoveled Walks

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Regarding Jon and Eike Gundersen's Feb. 17 letter about last week's school closings: I'm sure the people making the decisions take all factors into account. For instance, here in Frederick County, after the roads were made safe, the school parking lots remained covered with ice that took two more days to clear. You can't have school if the teachers can't park their cars and the buses can't get in.

Though I sometimes disagree with their decisions, I try to give the benefit of the doubt to those who must decide.

And you don't have to take your kids shopping or to a movie. Ours played with the toys they already had, went sledding, read books, etc. I took a rare afternoon nap -- all three days.

MICHAL DENNIS

New Windsor, Md.

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As a New Yorker who recently moved to the area, I realize there is a lot to love about my new home. The excitement of seeing the Capitol on my way to work, the Smithsonian and the cherry blossoms in spring come to mind.

However, I believe that Washingtonians generally have a neurotic attitude about snow. In anticipation of snow, newscasters plant seeds of dread. Then, if snow arrives, the streets are not plowed quickly or well, and many people do not shovel their sidewalks.

The phenomenon of unshoveled walks days after a storm is unusual in New York and New Jersey, where snow is expected and dealt with. Here, it is dangerous to leave home until the snow melts; one never knows what one will encounter underfoot.

BARBARA ROSENBLATT

Takoma Park


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