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The recent snow and ice have subsided, and although some remain in alleyways and in shaded areas, life has returned pretty much to normal. Dealing with, adjusting to and digging out from a snowstorm and cold snap takes time, especially since over the course of the past few years we've grown accustomed to much less severe winter weather.

At least we're not Portland. Snow, ice and wind aren't oddities here, even if they are occurring much less frequently than they did in the old days. By and large, people here know what winter means and our highway and public works crews know what to do.

The cold interrupted schools for a couple of days, due more to residual effects such as heating systems and drifting conditions than the storm itself. And some of the carriers for The Observer had their routes interrupted because of the conditions. But for the most part life went on.

And to those public agencies — city, county and state — that had their crews out immediately after the first storm hit on Dec. 27-28, and to the workers who put in the extra hours to see that the streets and highways got plowed and sanded, thank you. The city and county plans to keep main routes open and to hit the other streets on a priority basis worked well.

And when the snow started breaking up, the crews were back at it trying to lessen the impact of the melt of more than a foot of snow. Sure, there were frustrations when sidewalks got blocked when slush was pushed from the streets, or when it took a little longer to get to sidestreets, but by and large our communities persevered. A lot of people put in a lot of extra hours to make sure we could.

Editorials in this column are the opinion of The Observer's editorial board. The board is comprised of Ron Horton, publisher; Ted Kramer, editor; and Jeff Petersen, news editor. Letters from readers, signed columns on this page and cartoons represent the opinions of the writer/artist and do not necessarily reflect the position of the editorial board.


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