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December 6, 2007 - Heather Ziegler
We in the Northern Panhandle were luckier than in other parts of the state with the snowfall that was only supposed to be a couple of inches at most. I know some people counted 6 to 7 inches in their backyards. Why is that so hard to predict? And why are all weather people calling themselves "severe" this and "severe" that. When the weather is 85 and sunny, the forecast comes from the "severe weather center." Doesn't make sense to me. Anyway, back to the snow. Why is it when school is canceled, young people are out driving around? People, teenage drivers are the most inexperienced. Turning them loose on snow days is asking for trouble unless you go with them and teach them to drive in the snow. They need to learn but not with two buddies in the vehicle on the way to sled ride. In Berkeley County, a 17-year-old kid who didn't even have a license, took a sport utility vehicle for a ride in the snow, ran off the road and hit a man shoveling snow in front of his house near Martinsburg. The man died and the teen is now facing negligent homicide charges. Quite a price to pay for joyriding. It's a parent's nightmare to have to deal with what to do with the kids when school is canceled. I feel for them. What are you supposed to do when both parents work? Call in sick? Employers catch on to that in no time. We could sure use some ideas, maybe a network of some kind, to deal with snow days.
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