Focus on Snow Jam’s sacrifices, not its negatives
February 09, 2014 12:00 AM | 729 views | 2 2 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print

I have read letter after letter regarding the poor handling of “Snow Jam 2014” here in Marietta and I, for one, am tired of it!

While there is little to dispute that a lot of the decisions that were made in the beginning didn’t work out, keep in mind what both the Marietta City and Cobb County school boards were up against. For days, the metro area watched forecasts on various weather forecasting entities and waited for changes that threatened us here north of the perimeter.

Those changes never came ... that is until around 4 a.m. on the morning of the storm. Even then, forecasters’ estimations of the mayhem and snowfall to come were tame in comparison to what actually occurred.

As a parent of two Marietta City students at MCAA and Sawyer Road Elementary, I was pleased with the response and actions not only of the board but of the countless teachers, administrators and parents who selflessly gave their time (opening their homes in some cases) and efforts into ensuring the well-being of the hundreds of children affected by the storm.

For the past six years, my wife and I have volunteered hundreds of hours to our children’s schools. Whether it was serving on the PTSA board, chaperoning dances, selling popcorn at functions or any of the many other “jobs” we performed at the schools, we have always been active in our school community.

We are no different than many families in Marietta. But believe me when I tell you the parents that are doing most the complaining right now are the same people that would have been complaining if they had cancelled school and had decent weather.

I know this to be a fact, because in the past I have had countless parents call me to complain that they had to “take the day off of work” or “pay over a hundred dollars for day care” when the schools were closed as a precaution and the bad weather never came. I can only imagine how many hundreds of nasty calls and complaints that would’ve been fielded because parents were inconvenienced by having to take care of their own children. The horror!

The bottom line is this: The school districts followed protocol and made decisions that they thought were in the best interests of our children, given the information they had. It ended up being a bad situation that was salvaged by people who were willing to put their own needs, not to mention the needs of their families, aside for the safety and well-being of hundreds of children when they needed it most. Instead of continuing to whine about the negatives, how about we give credit to all of those who sacrificed instead?

Marietta residents should be proud that a potential disaster was averted because of the instinct of our friends and neighbors to lend a helping hand when needed!

Larry Peck

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Everyone has opinion
February 10, 2014
I'm sure you had chains or snow tires on your car, right? and sensors that prevented you sliding into another car or obstacle?

This was a perfect storm of minor bad weather issues, gridlock traffic and lack of planning on everyone's part--including you and me. Take responsibility for your own actions in 1)sending your children to school. 2) choosing to go to work. 3) not leaving early enough. 4) not having your car equipped with snow driving tires, etc. etc.
just sayin
February 09, 2014
We definitely should be proud of those who sacrificed during Snowjam 14 but we should expect our state and county leaders to do everything possible to correct this regional problem. This problem is nothing new and has been going on for as long as I can remember with increasingly bad results as suburban population increases. We were fortunate there were not more deaths and injuries. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.
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