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Public workers earn kudos during storm

Social media has become the dumping point for all our petty beefs, whether it’s someone cutting us off in traffic or getting cold french fries at our favorite fast food drive-through restaurant.
Those are the type of complaints that we used to, in the interest of keeping the peace, we used to “bite our tongues” about and wait for our snits to pass.
But now, not only do we not bite our tongues, but whatever pops into our head is instantly posted to a social media account so that the whole world knows of our malaise.
So it wasn’t surprising to discover a myriad of complaints regarding the snowstorm that arrived like a banshee Monday afternoon and made our lives miserable until Tuesday afternoon as we perused social media on Tuesday. It took forever for plows to come by and, when they did, they plugged up the ends of our driveways with heavy, wet snow. Once we got out of that mess, we had to contend with snowpacked and icy roads, with a brisk wind recreating the snow drifts that had been plowed away hours earlier.
Here at The Chronicle, we got to see another aspect of the storm. As the police and sheriff’s department reports arrived, we read of time and again when officers helped push cars that were hung up in the snow, checked on vehicles in ditches and responded to their usual calls, all on the same roads that we carelessly complained about because of their deplorable conditions.
And while most of us were still comfortably under our bedcovers, snowplows hit the streets at about 3 a.m., trying to create safe passage for us as we made our way to our jobs, our schools and our appointments. The wind has made keeping the roads reasonably clear a virtually never-ending battle, hopefully one that has been helped by the sun returning to the sky.
Those snow plow operators head out in conditions that we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies — darkness, blinding snow and a wet slush on the roads that can pull a vehicle into a ditch in the blink of an eye.
So, were we inconvenieced by the storm? Well, yeah, how could we not be by a storm that dumped snow at a rate of two inches an hour, and a 30-mile-an-hour wind that blew it all over.
But while we may have suffered some inconveniences, had some white-knuckle driving and been a little late on our appointed rounds, no one in the area was reported injured. And, thankfully, there were no major accidents that resulted in fatalities.
So our hats are off to the public employees who help clear roads and push our vehicles out of intersections. You may not know it from Facebook or Twitter, but many of us do appreciate your efforts, and thank you for your service.