Jonathan Turley ["How Democracy Could Clear Our Snowy Streets," Close to Home, Feb. 23] had it right.

However seldom major snow falls in this area, it does fall. And even if the last "big one" was several years ago, our local governments have some institutional memory about what happened, how it was addressed and what was done right and wrong. Yet nothing changes.

In the context of recent terror warnings, this doesn't just inconvenience me -- it scares me. The same local governments that were in charge this past week will still be in charge in the event of a terror attack. And unlike snow, such an attack would be something government officials hadn't seen before. And afterward, no natural process, like snow melting, would be likely to make everything okay again.

We need accountability from public safety and infrastructure officials, and we need it now.

SOPHIE M. KORCZYK

Alexandria

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In one week we had Code Orange, a blizzard and torrential rains.

Our 1939 basement couldn't take the pressure. In flowed the water. I mopped, trying to direct the rush toward the floor drain. My son, Dan, spied the duct tape and got a better idea. Using the duct tape, he constructed a channel to direct the melting tides to the drain. Our basement homeland was secured.

Word to Tom Ridge: Stick with the duct tape.

ELEANOR POMEROY

Bethesda