The ‘Big Boys’ dropped ball on storm readiness
January 30, 2014 07:18 PM | 1603 views | 3 3 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

It is a fact that the weather service issued a winter weather warning at 3:30 on Tuesday morning.

It is a fact no one paid attention to it.

It is a fact school children were stuck at school because the “big boys” could not make a decision to get these kids home when it was snowing and 23 degrees.

It is a fact thousands of people spent untold hours stranded on unprepared streets.

Now, what happened to all the preparedness we have been hearing about for the past two years?

Where were all the new plans that were supposed to be made? Atlanta, our “International” city, has been made to look like idiots in the national news.

How embarrassing.

I am not talking about all our Fire and Police, who worked tirelessly, hospital staffs, road workers when they were finally given the OK, teachers who stayed at school to feed and take care of students, bus drivers who put their lives on the line, trying to get students home.

I’m talking about the “Big Boys,” the ones making the big salaries to do the “Right Thing.” The mayors, school board leaders, our governor, the DOT, the ones where all the blame belongs. The ones who will not accept their mistake.

Not the forecasters, who issued the warnings. I’m talking about the ones who ignored the warnings. It was snowing, radar showed snow coming, there was a documented weather warning, it was 23 degrees.

Use common sense, someone use common sense.

Judi Thatch Marietta
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Michelle Sollicito
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February 01, 2014
I think it is too easy to blame the School District with hindsight.

Many people were complaining on Tuesday morning that the schools should not even be closed early for "a little bit of snow".

If they are overly cautious they are blamed and if they are not cautious enough they get blamed.

The thing we should concentrate on is the fact that all kids are safe, thanks to the awesome teachers and bus drivers who cared for them.

I cannot tell you how stressful it is to be on a schoolbus with 20-40 kids for hours stuck in snow especially when they cannot go to the bathroom or get food or drink.

The bus drivers who put up with that and got the kids home safely deserve medals and the teachers who slept in gyms with kids overnight because the parents simply could not get to their kids are nothing short of awesome.

Remember this when you are asked to pay more taxes to support restoring their salaries (to make up for pay decreases they have suffered over recent years thanks to Furlough days and budget cuts).

PLEASE HONOR OUR TEACHERS AND BUS DRIVERS.
Kevin Foley
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January 31, 2014
Monday one of the Weather Channel hosts said, point blank, the storm would shut down the city.

You get the government you deserve, folks, and Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, you got it good and hard.
wonderin
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January 31, 2014
Everyone was warned days before that snow was coming!!! These things happen every few years, long time residents know if you live in metro Atlanta and you hear the word snow you prepare, buy supplies and "stay home". In an area that lives and dies by the automobile don't depend on the wisdom of "big boy" politicians.
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