The Farmer’s Almanac said it was supposed to be cold this winter.
Well, the Almanac got that one right! And now that we’ve had the “cold” – extreme cold to be exact – how about we move on to something else!
This week, everybody was talking about the cold; and if you follow social media these days or you do the old fashioned gossip at the gas station, you know that everybody has an opinion about what should and shouldn’t happen during winter weather situations.
What did happen Sunday and Monday was that nearly every type of activity from church to school to sports events was cancelled when the temperatures reached highs of below zero and the wind chill factor plummeted from there. It was cold enough to freeze the hairs off a brass Monkey, and then some!
We heard everything from the “old-school” type of folks who profess that no schools should have cancelled Monday for something as “lame” as cold temperatures to the overly cautious zealots who profess that schools must take care of the children and be attentive to child safety no matter what.
As a newspaper, we take the side of the overly cautious zealots on this one. Both of our local superintendents, Steve Gray at Nevada and Dr. Jim Verlengia at Colo-Nesco, emphasized that they are first and foremost concerned about child safety. That’s a good thing.
Let’s face it. If one child were left waiting at a bus stop for longer than humanly safe in temperatures that are life-threatening, nothing more important could have been gained by holding school. It’s imperative that school leaders always err on the side of safety for all. We like knowing that our school leaders and even sports practice leaders and work leaders will always put the safety and value of life itself above all other concerns.
This winter could settle down, or it could fire up more weather situations that disrupt schedules that were established. That’s called living in Iowa. And we’ll deal with it.
By the end of the week, we were expected to have a reprieve from the extreme cold and more normal winter temperatures to contend with over the weekend. We never thought we’d say we’re happy for 30 degrees, but we’ll take it!