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Good Decisions

Posted: January 30, 2014 12:38 p.m.
Updated: January 31, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County received a significant snowfall Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, an event that doesn't happen very often. It gave local kids an opportunity they relished -- playing outside under conditions they don't normally see. And to the relief of adults, most roads in the county cleared quickly on Wednesday despite temperatures that didn't rise above freezing, coupled with a cloud cover that never dissipated.

Fortunately, this area didn't experience the gridlock that occurred around Atlanta, where highways were clogged and people were unable to get to their homes. City and state officials there have been roundly criticized for making poor decisions, most of them revolving around the practice of trying to send everyone home within a short period of time, creating massive traffic jams.

Locally, school and public safety officials made good calls, and the intense public scrutiny that now follows any kind of problem has made the old saying "it's better to be safe than sorry" more important than ever before. Here in the South, we don't have much experience with dealing with snow; neither do we have the equipment needed to clear roads and return things to normalcy. Getting an occasional bit of snow is a novel and fun experience, but we're counting our blessings that we aren't constantly bombarded with snow and ice storms. It's just one more reason that living in the Midlands of South Carolina is a good choice.

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