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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.

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