Baby, it’s cold outside.
Thursday’s high temperature hit only 14 degrees, with a low temperature of 4. It’s not a record-breaking low, as that -3 degree day in 1977 made the record books. But is quite far from “normal” for our area, which should be a high of 39 and low of 21.
But nothing has been quite normal since a storm system dumped 6-8 inched on Marion County Tuesday. We had an unseasonably warm Monday before we were pummeled with snow Tuesday and then watched the mercury drop after the snowflakes stopped falling.
The result was a mess on the roads. It wasn’t just about scraping 8 inches off roadways, but a layer of ice beneath. When the snow stopped coming down, road crews were facing temperatures where salt just doesn’t work. A little snow left on the roads almost gave cars a little more traction during morning and evening commutes when temperatures were in the low teens.
We know it’s easy to be frustrated by the condition of the secondary and neighborhood roads, but we hope that residents will offer a little patience considering this is the most significant storm we’ve had in a few years.
And speaking of consideration, we also hope readers and businesses will remember to keep their sidewalks clean for pedestrians. These sub-freezing temperatures and low wind-chill favors are tough enough on those who have to walk to a destination without having to walk through 8 inches of frozen snow and large mounds left behind.
And speaking of being a good neighbor, we know this community cares about one another. We know that there are residents who shovel their own drives and then shovel their neighbor’s drive, too. We know there is always someone willing to drive an elderly neighbor to an appointment, to keep a child at home during a snow day for working parents, to pick up a few staples on a trip to the grocery store or any small act of kindness.
There’s not going to be much improvement over the weekend, as temperatures will stay well below freezing, and another system is expected to dump several more inches through Saturday.
So we offer these bits of advice. Stay warm. Stay safe. Take care of each other.
Spring will come soon enough.
Baby, it’s cold outside.
Coal industry can’t afford to give this administration and EPA more ammunition
Coal already has a bad name in Washington, D.C.
The whole industry got another black eye this week when Alpha Natural Resources Inc., one of the country’s largest coal producers, agreed to pay a $27.5 million fine and invest $200 million to reduce illegal water pollution in five states, including West Virginia.
Being observant, reporting suspicions can make difference for hurting children
If a child is hurting, we wouldn’t hesitate to help.
Or would we?
In a five-year span, 22,830 children were victims of some type of neglect or abuse in West Virginia. That’s an overwhelming number to think about.
Gee makes major impact and earns another term as WVU president
Let’s imagine that a graduate from West Virginia University in the early 1980s, when E. Gordon Gee was president, came back to get an extra degree now and couldn’t believe that E. Gordon Gee is “still” the president of WVU.
Effort to encourage purchase of goods produced in U.S. deserves support
The concept of encouraging the purchase of American-made products is certainly not new.
On the federal level, the Buy American Act was passed in 1933 by Congress and signed by President Herbert Hoover. It required the United States government to prefer U.S.-made products in its purchases.
‘Stop Meth, Not Meds’ backed by readers
In West Virginia, there is something referred to as “stop-sale technology” that prevents a person from going to more than one pharmacy to purchase over-the-counter medication that contains the active ingredient pseudoephedrine, a nasal decongestant.
It’s not an issue of stuffy noses that lawmakers were worried about when they created the system.
Even small steps play part in critical mission to reduce childhood obesity
Just two years ago, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese, meaning they had excess body weight based on their height.
It’s a troubling statistic, and one that health officials have worked diligently to reverse.
Cutting-edge heart procedure at Mon General is saving lives
“I used to think I wouldn’t live to be 50. Well, I made it to 50 and then some,” Pearl Walls said.
Walls is likely alive today and able to tell her story to the Times West Virginian because of a cutting-edge procedure performed at Monongalia General Hospital — a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), which was only approved for use by the FDA in 2011.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ many works, magic words
You know his words.
You know them well.
Funds donated to United Way make community healthier, happier, safer place
A dollar you give to the United Way of Marion County could feed a hungry family.
That dollar could protect a woman and her children from an abuser.
Or the dollar could mean that a family receives credit counseling to lift them out of overwhelming debt.
It could fund Scouting programs, where boys and girls learn lifelong lessons.
Project Launchpad puts critical concept of diversifying state economy into play
The case for diversifying the state of West Virginia’s economy is past the point of debate.
While it is our hope that coal can continue to have a role in our nation’s power-generating matrix, we’ve learned our lesson about over-dependence on a single industry. Particularly being overly dependent on an industry that, in the eyes of federal regulators, is out of fashion.
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