By Jody Reese
At what point did New Englanders become afraid of snow? Lately, people ask, “Do you think we’ll have to go into work? I think it’s going to snow!” Government officials cancel school, close offices and jump ship at the mere mention of flurries.
Every snowfall is now an emergency.
I understand that safety is a concern and in a few cases of blizzard conditions, which are rarely seen, we should stay off the roads, but in normal snowfall it’s perfectly safe to drive as long as you drive slowly.
And yes I know I’m sounding like a someone who uses a tinhorn in everyday conversation, but even crusty Yankees are right once in a while.
For business owners this is becoming a real and serious drain on productivity. If schools close, workers are left scrambling for childcare or employers are left scrambling for workers. Commerce grinds to a halt.
At the same time, local and state road departments should spring into action as quickly as possible to make sure roads are cleared to drive on. Far too often I see cities wait the snow out and then clean up. I understand budgets are tight, but we have to work here. There is a high cost in terms of work hours lost when roads aren’t passable.
So forget the snowcation and let’s get back to work.