OUR VIEW: Thanking those who plow the roads
A lot of times the average motorist may not see them but the snow-plow drivers of the Oregon Department of Transportation who patrol the interstate and other secondary highways during the winter deserve praise.
Sure, they’re paid employees. They don’t do the plow work for free. Still, as anyone who knows anything about Eastern Oregon, or lived in our area for any length of time, winter often descends upon the area with little notice and creates havoc on the highways.
And if you are one of those individuals caught in the middle of a snowstorm on the road in, say, Ladd Canyon or Cabbage Hill, the sight of one of the big orange snow plows can deliver a sense of relief and the knowledge that there are individuals out there working hard to keep the road open.
Rarely — if ever — do city, state or federal employees of any kind garner praise. Perhaps it is a uniquely American attribute that, collectively, we refrain publicly to deliver praise to public employees. Yet the ODOT maintenance crew members who man the snow plows day and night should be recognized for their hard work in difficult conditions.