It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like … Winter

blizzard06 smA winter storm extending from Winfield, Kansas to The Outer Banks of North Carolina reaches us today (Monday, February 16th). The forecast accumulation for us increased to 6 to 10 inches tonight, with most of it falling overnight tonight.

Colorado experience taught us that our mileage may vary … by a lot. Usually it’s less, but occasionally much more. Therefore we take these developing storms seriously. Therefore we take these developing storms seriously.

The Thanksgiving Blizzard of 1997, which ended up dumped three feet of snow on us in Colorado Springs, started like this. (The photo is a 2006 storm in Colorado Springs. Notice the three foot fence post on the right is almost buried. Other spots are bare; blizzards are like that.) And we experienced several storms in the 80s in Poquoson, Virginia which deposited over a foot of whiteness. So it’s possible here.

One of the blessings of being at our stage of life is not having to go out in it. We keep a few days of everything stocked. Not because we’re worried; just an old logistician thinking ahead to worst case scenarios (and planning accordingly).

Fortunately, the freezing rain should stay south of us.

Not that we expect disaster–but then “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.”

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Firing Doesn’t Fix VA Fiasco

Eric Shinseki’s resignation/firing doesn’t fix the Veterans Administration’s problems.

A friend in Colorado Springs was an Army Ranger exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. (If we tell you where he was operating, we have to kill you.) Agent Orange was a unique health issue. He can’t go to a regular doctor (even if he could afford to). Many veterans’ health issues are similarly unique and complex. He has suffered all the reported appointment problems, added to the logistical issue of the “local” VA hospital being fifty miles away in Denver.

A systemic, totally unacceptable lack of integrity,” as Shinseki admitted, isn’t cured by firing two people.

If we aren’t caring for the people who put their lives on the line to protect and defend us–local police, fire and EMTs as well as the military services–all our talk about integrity and responsibility is just that–talk.