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Letter: Stop complaining, thank our snowplow crews

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From: Sally Van Dyk


The Feb. 7 “Orchids and Onions” have proven once again that humans are a very spoiled, ungrateful bunch.

Snowplow drivers spend nights when we are tucked snug and warm in our beds, driving up and down miles upon miles of snow-covered roads and streets to ensure drivers can get to work and school the next morning.

Upon reading the newspaper, I saw complaints about those drivers leaving mounds of snow at the ends of driveways, and I wonder where else people think that snow is going to go? The blades are angled to push snow to the sides of the roads and, yes, that means the ends of driveways. So you have a bump to drive over. Big deal! If your car is parked on the street and gets snow dumped on it by a plow, you knew the snow was coming, so why didn’t you move it?

Others complain that their streets were missed.

Do you have any idea how many miles of streets they plow? We live at the bottom of a hill on a dead-end street. The only way out is up, yet residents drive up it with every snowfall whether it is 2 inches or 8 inches.

One person even complained that people with snow blowers blew the snow onto the street. I have a snow blower (it isn’t running at present), and the amount of snow it blew onto the street definitely would not have stopped a vehicle.

Is anyone pleased with the job our street crews do? I guess not. I, for one, think they do a wonderful job and deserve all the kudos we can heap upon them.

Stop whining, people, and be glad the drivers, the city and the budget do what they do. Thank you, snowplow crews, for driving in the cold and the dark when we spoiled drivers are snoozing.

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