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It takes the entire community to meet winter challenges

This winter has dealt a heavy blow. Frankly, we’re exhausted. Perhaps it’s a combination of factors that have put us in this state. It’s easy to feel the weight of the world with every dig-shove-lift of the snow shovel.

But we must not give up. It would be so easy to say, “Oh, I just don’t want to go to work today,” forgetting who may be depending on us to show up. It would be so easy to say, “I’ll just wait for the sun to come out and temperatures to rise and allow the snow to melt naturally,” forgetting pedestrians, delivery folks and postal workers.

Snow removal is not an individual decision. It’s a responsibility of community life.

Not only must we clear the snow from sidewalks and street corners fronting our properties, we also need to pitch in and clear fire hydrants and storm drains. Who wants to step through a 4-foot-wide puddle to get to their car? Who wants to risk their home or their neighbor’s burning out of control before firefighters can gain access to one of hundreds of buried hydrants?

This is part of being a good citizen, part of the strength we gain when we work together as a community.

Likewise, it’s important that our community leaders have a plan in place to serve everyone, including those who depend on alleys to access homes and parking.

Providing public services to everyone in the community, not just the majority, should always be the goal. After all, everyone who has to pay taxes should be able to benefit from public services, particularly when they are most needed.

Yes, it’s a tough job — a major challenge at times — and we support the crews tasked with snow removal.

They are, after all, heroes who come riding in on their big trucks to rescue us from this monstrous weather.

Without them, we would be stuck.

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