Clear­ing the roads

The Covington News - - Opinion -

It took most of a week, but the snow is long gone, the ice is al­most melted and the road­ways fi­nally cleared. Life is back to nor­mal. Now, it’s time to as­sess how state and lo­cal crews han­dled the mess on the roads.

Judg­ing from what we’ve seen, they did a de­cent job of open­ing up the ma­jor high­ways in Cov­ing­ton and Newton County.

The most ob­vi­ous signs of suc­cess are that po­lice re­ported few prob­lems, as most driv­ers stayed home, and wrecker ser­vices and body re­pair shops haven’t been over­whelmed with straight­en­ing out dam­ages from fender-ben­ders. There were some prob­lem spots, but that was to be ex­pected.

Thanks to all the folks who worked long hours to open our road­ways. We ap­pre­ci­ate your ef­forts in deal­ing with an over­whelm­ing mess. And it was a mess, the most ice in decades. The crews did the best they could with what they have.

Af­ter all, this is Cov­ing­ton, not Cleve­land. There’s lit­tle need here most years for snow-re­moval equip­ment and sup­plies, so gov­ern­ments have made few in­vest­ments in ma­jor snow-re­moval equip­ment.

The city of Cov­ing­ton said it is con­sid­er­ing buy­ing a salt spreader to help deal with fu­ture storms, which sounds like a good idea right now af­ter we’ve all been slip­ping and slid­ing along.

We’re glad that the city is plan­ning ahead and con­sid­er­ing its op­tions, but that’s prob­a­bly a pur­chase bet­ter con­sid­ered a few months down the road. Let’s wait un­til the warmth of spring and the per­spec­tive of time al­lows for a more ra­tio­nal thought process re­gard­ing a ma­jor ex­pen­di­ture.

Salute to a King

Mon­day is the na­tional hol­i­day set aside to mark the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but Cov­ing­ton and Newton County res­i­dents will honor Dr. King to­day with a cel­e­bra­tory ser­vice at 3 p.m. at Porter Me­mo­rial Au­di­to­rium at Newton High School.

It’s a great way for our com­mu­nity to join to­gether and cel­e­brate its suc­cesses as well as Dr. King’s legacy.

Two hon­ors will be pre­sented, the I Have a Dream award to a lo­cal per­son who ex­em­pli­fies the phi­los­o­phy of Dr. King, and the Trail­blazer award, which will be given to a Newton County res­i­dent known for com­mu­nity ser­vice. The Rev. Sharma D. Lewis will be the key­note speaker for the 26th an­nual event.

Too many county res­i­dents have been iso­lated for too much of the week be­cause of the snow and ice storm and the icy roads left in its af­ter­math. The King Day cel­e­bra­tion is an op­por­tu­nity for you to get out and get in­volved and help Dr. King’s dream to live on.

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