Snow, more snow, global warming
The story that's getting the most reader comments today is about President Obama's proposal for a televised summit with Republicans on health-care reform. Some think it's a good idea and some think it stinks and I'm going to ignore them and worry about the snow that has buried us right here in River City.
Our readers are worried about it too. Some wonder where the snowplows are. Some say things are okay where they live and praise the removal efforts. Some argue about whether this is proof of global warming. But only one reader blames Obama, and that with tongue in cheek. In case you missed it, we have at least two feet of snow on the ground, a prediction for more coming tomorrow, a shuttered federal government, an embattled Metro transit system and many unplowed streets, especially in the suburbs.
We'll start with bnglfn, who wrote, "it's a change to see washington paralyzed by something other than republicans and a mess not made by the government. hope y'all enjoy the beauty."
XMLMaestro said, "It is all Obama's fault!"
maphound said, "Its global warming! Seriously. The Artic ice is melting like crazy and dumping billions of gallons of water a minute into the north Atlantic. This is just the start..."
But Apostrophe wrote, "Oh my Gosh! It's "Global Freezing"... Quick, call a licensed climatologist!"
And rg019571 offered, "My road/driveway and sidewalks are clear. Thanks, Al Gore!"
liberalsareblind said, "This global warming is just killing my back after shoveling tons of snow off my driveway."
pkhenry (who filed an anti-Obama comment on the story about the joint public health-care summit proposal) wrote, "There s no indication that the climate is any more extreme than in the past. Washington's record snowstorm was in 1922. What caused that? The only thing that has changed is that liberals have grown increasingly neurotic."
thebuckguy complained that "The Post seems to have joined everyone else with "the sky has fallen" coverage... As snowstorms go, this has been an easy one if you live in the city. The main thoroughfares are opne and even sidestreets are at least walkable and there's limited Mtro service available... My guess is that the carbound suburbs are another story..."
OldCoot1 said, "This news is wonderful; the government is finely doing something in Washington D.C. They are clearing the streets. It's the first thing they have done for the public in years."
oracle2world wrote, "Hey, if you want to reduce energy use and Save the Environment, you just have to make some sacrifices. So why is everyone so worried about this? People should be down on their knees, thanking God for this opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint!"
ghp60 said, "It's a great opportunity for the Federal workers to have another excuse, besides I'm just too tired, to not come into work. For the Federal worker it doesn't matter whether it's 2" or 28", whatever it is it's enough to have to stay home."
dontblamemeivoted4gore wrote, "What about the blizzard we had in 1966? I recall as a kid building forts under the snow. There were better than two feet of snow on the ground back then." [I lived in the Baltimore suburb of Glen Burnie during the Blizzard of 1966 and didn't dig the car out for four days, partly because it would have been impossible to get anywhere on unplowed streets.]
singleseatbiggermeat wrote, "For the sake of posterity -- if not accuracy -- please don't use the National Weather Service totals from National Airport any longer. I quick review of the official NWS totals from every county and city within 25 miles of DCA shows that the lowest measured amount -- by close to 10% - is DCA. Amazingly, just 3-4 miles away the NWS reported 28" away in Ballston. 18" at DCA? Officials in DC, Virginia, and Maryland WISH it were 18"!" [Bob Ryan's been making the same point on Channel 4.]
We'll close with this appeal from valjalo1 said, "we live in elkridge md in howard county - the snow total is 38 inches. we have not seen a snow plow and are literally marooned at our house. this is bad - dangerous even - we do not expect to see a plow until Tuesday. its just that bad! i am tired of seeing the reports of bare pavement - people in this part of howard county need the roads to be cleared!!! especially before the next storm..."
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