Maryland vs. Illinois – Snow

Around this time last year, ice coated Maryland and D.C. shutting down everything and prompting President Obama to make the following statement:

“I’m saying that when it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don’t seem to be able to handle things.”

After two winters here in Maryland and growing up in Illinois, I have to wholeheartedly agree with the President. In Illinois, as soon as the first flake of snow hits the ground, the snow plows are out in full force; fire and ice mingle as the plows leave trails of sparks, salt flies in all directions. Yet here, a full half a foot of snow accumulated on busy roads and there was not a plow to be seen. Moreover, highway ramps seemed to be neglected as seen from the well worn tracks carved into the snow — yet the ramps are probably more dangerous than the actual highway considering the curvature. For some reason I thought that the Presidents words would have been heeded more closely, but nothing seems to have changed. I have this nagging suspicion that if the plows were out sooner many of the hundred of accidents would have been avoided.

2 thoughts on “Maryland vs. Illinois – Snow

  1. I like the simple look of your site. Did you make that main art? The one with the tree?

    Regarding the highway ramps, I couldn’t agree with your more.

    For years I’ve heard the praises of Syracuse’s snow clearing practices. Now that I’m in graduate school up there, I can attest: They are just as bad as the rest of the country. I wrote a post about the snow in “Cuse not long ago. Take a peek if you got a chance.

    http://eastcoastpaperboy.com/2009/12/09/not-a-flash-of-genius/

    1. I didn’t make the banner, it came with the theme from WordPress. I would’ve assumed that Syracuse would be marginally better than other places further south. Ah well, thanks for the comment though!

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