Monday, February 23, 2015
The Deep Freeze
The "Sunny South" has been downright cold lately. Conditions that are easily dealt with by Minnesotans or those in upstate New York kill people in Tennessee and Georgia, because these Southern states have limited snow and ice removal capabilities. What Chicagoans shrug off closes schools in Memphis and Atlanta. Folks are not any less hearty in Dixie. State and local governments down here have simply made the decision not to invest public resources to combat weather phenomena that only occur once or twice every decade, rather than daily the way snow and ice grips the North during winter. Unfortunately, the money saved by not purchasing snow and ice removal equipment in the South has sometimes led to road deaths that would not have happened further north.