How have elected leaders handled the snow storm? Readers respond.
A quick show of hands on the Maryland Politics Facebook page find most residents generally pleased with how government officials have reacted to the storm and with the level and frequency of plowing in their areas.
"I'm in the Ellicott City/Elkridge area and I would give them a B-plus," Michael Meinl wrote. "Some roads like 100 are still in bad shape with only one lane open, but a lot of the side roads seem to be good to go. They will need to move as much snow as possible to accommodate for the next snow storm on Wed."
"I live in the town of Poolesville and they did a fantastic job removing snow," wrote Vicki Cunningham Capone. "I'm sure there is not a single tiny back street anywhere in the entire town that was not plowed before the end of the storm. Great job!"
There also were positive reviews for Maryland's Eastern Shore and Howard County in general.
On the other hand, reviews got into mixed and negative territory in Montgomery County and Baltimore City.
"MoCo has done a horrible job with this storm," wrote Chris Schauer. "They have not plowed out most streets and those they claim to have plowed are full of ice and slush in the one plowed lane. To add insult to injury, MoCo is sending out e-mails letting those of us with sidewalks know we better have them cleared by now or a fine is coming our way."
Jill Lemke adds that "I live in Baltimore City and a snowplow has yet to touch my street ... and I had to take a day off using my own time today. I'd have to say pretty badly. Being from Buffalo I have lots of experience with snow ... and this is ridiculous! I was understanding the first two days ... now it's just unacceptable. Call in some help from somewhere!"
"Town of Kensington awesome!" wote Lydia Sullivan. "Major streets in MoCo pretty good, but lots of snow trucks driving around with scoops up! What's with that? I-270 is a wreck -- chunks of ice everywhere, dangerous. 495 is great."
And on a more positive note, Laurie Knisley wrote that "Montgomery County did an awesome job -- if you don't believe it, go to the Carroll County line or the Howard County line -- we had open emergency routes when theirs hadn't been touched. Kudos to all those who stay out plowing 12-plus-hour shifts -- no complaints here."
Any other thoughts out there? And remember, we've got another dose coming tomorrow.
Christopher Dean Hopkins
February 8, 2010; 4:23 PM ET
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