Politicians under fire as icebound U.S. South gets relief

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gitmojo wrote:

A real traffic gate emergency to report on and investigate. Oh, sorry, not a story ‘cuz the politicians in this case are just ignorant and not running for president against Hillarity.
Also, was only caused by a lack of leadership. That doesn’t get punished in our world today.

Jan 29, 2014 9:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
4sight2020 wrote:

it’s time to step up our co2 production now! put an end to cold weather.

Jan 30, 2014 8:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
expat75 wrote:

Atlanta had all the warning and ignored it. The winter storm had hit Houston earlier and that city closed down its schools and offices. Result: very sensible precautions, and no traffic jams on its icy roads.

Doubtful if any public inquiry will be made. The deep South is not renowned for emergencies, c.f. hurricanes.

Jan 30, 2014 8:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
chasbro777 wrote:

Fiasco a mundo….anyone know HOW they will co-ordinate moving all those vehicles? The worst is yet to come…nobody is minding the store….all over our country…take care to take care of YOURSELF.

Jan 30, 2014 8:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
chasbro777 wrote:

Who will co-ordinate the removing of the vehicles? Surely not the Governor.

Jan 30, 2014 8:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
KenWeaver wrote:

Wow, deja vous all over again. I lived in Atlanta in the eighties and in 1982 we had a snow storm come in from Birmingham. The officials panicked and announced for everyone to go home about 3:30pm. Every street in every direction was gridlocked. It took multiple hours to go blocks. Gee what short memories there seem to be in Atlanta.

Jan 30, 2014 9:16am EST  --  Report as abuse

‘it’s time to step up our co2 production now! put an end to cold weather.’

sigh, I am hoping this is a sarcastic comment, but if not the ignorance of certain people is amazing, you put more CO2 in the atmosphere and all the science is telling us this would actually increase chances of extreme weather events like this.

Jan 30, 2014 11:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

There is a reason the south lost the civil war. General lack of toughness and planning.

Jan 30, 2014 1:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bavington wrote:

Why do you want to make government responsible for your vigilance? WE all had plenty of warning that there was a storm. Smart people stay home when the weather is going to be really bad. This is your decision, not the mayor’s or the governor’s. People need to be responsible for themselves in this situation. Stop blaming everyone else for your bad planning.

Jan 30, 2014 1:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Mylena wrote:

That’s the huge big huge problem in US. somebody can sue somebody for one stupidity. Here, in this acticle we will sue the City because of the weird weather? We have to stop claims from stupidities, another way we will be swimming in our own mess.

Jan 30, 2014 1:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
zebra100 wrote:

Could they just close schools on the snow forecast? Or whenever the forecast failed, just sending students home gradually during the day and advise non essential business and government facilities to close during the day, which is much easier and almost no cost to increase revenue to infrastructure which actually will do little in these rare circumstances and idle all year around

Jan 30, 2014 1:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Yashmak wrote:

Another example of how the government cannot be counted on to prevent/protect us from everything bad that can happen.

Expecting otherwise is what is unreasonable.

Jan 30, 2014 1:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Yashmak wrote:

Another example of how the government cannot be counted on to prevent/protect us from everything bad that can happen.

Expecting otherwise is what is unreasonable.

Jan 30, 2014 1:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
anarcurt wrote:

@yashmak: what can the free market do to protect us from everything bad that can happen?

Jan 30, 2014 2:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
runfast3 wrote:

We gotta blame somebody, may as well be politicians………….

Jan 30, 2014 2:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
runfast3 wrote:

We gotta blame somebody, may as well be politicians………….

Jan 30, 2014 2:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
buddygreen wrote:

Considering that weather events such as this are so rare in the region I would prefer that the politicians not go out and spend truckloads of money trying to prepare for something that happens so rarely in order to pander to the media out trolling for a story. As for those living in Atlanta you have to deal with the traffic everyday so you should know as well as anyone not to venture out under such conditions. Just call in sick. Really.

Jan 30, 2014 2:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AtlantaGA wrote:

There are many culprits here – state government for failing to treat the interstates the night before the storm, the city of Atlanta for starting their road treatment the morning of the snow and failing to put snow emergency measures in place for schools and businesses and citizens who repeatedly reject efforts to fund mass transit which would have alleviated some of the problems. Georgia prides itself on having low taxes and low taxes oftne leads to poor services. In this case that is exactly what the citizens got.

Jan 30, 2014 3:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bp1954 wrote:

2″ of snow caused all this? Unreal.

Jan 30, 2014 3:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Yashmak wrote:

“@yashmak: what can the free market do to protect us from everything bad that can happen?”

Certainly no more than the government. But then I never claimed otherwise, did I?

Jan 30, 2014 3:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
seafloor wrote:

That has been a management. In spite of the cold the gasoline prices raised to new heights. So the people wouldn’t use their cars.

Jan 30, 2014 3:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse

OH PLAAAEEEZE! You are ADULTS! Could you NOT watch the weather? Stop depending upon the gubberment to SAVE YOU! For God’s sake! Grow a spine and be responsible for yourselves.

Jan 30, 2014 4:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sjfella wrote:

If 2 lousy inches of snow can completely shut down a major city this country is in deep trouble.

Jan 30, 2014 7:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
nodeficit wrote:

When it snows in Atlanta just take one day off. There is not a need for 100 plow trucks with sanders.

Jan 30, 2014 10:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ARJTurgot2 wrote:

A) The free market can ‘do Nothing’ much more cost effectively

and

B) This mystifies me. Where I live we want a good -20F cold snap because it kills the bugs and drives out the Texans, so we assume winter = cold, but I used to do business on the east coast, and three times in ten years I got caught in ‘the Storm of the Century’ in Virginia, and each time they were totally unprepared. I could maybe buy the first time, but by the third… This is not the first time it has snowed in Georgia, what gives (and no, Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson did not cause this).

Jan 30, 2014 10:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jdlaxer wrote:

For anyone complaining about this, remember the article said 2 inches of snow.

2 inches.

You don’t need to plow 2 inches. The only reason it brought the city to a “stand still” is because people in Georgia must have freaked out about a light dusting.

Not much politicians can do about that.

Jan 31, 2014 12:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
hkarper wrote:

Army and military vehicle checks on state highways……..priceless.

Jan 31, 2014 3:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
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