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Hug a plow driver today

Everyone loves to gripe.

There's never a cop around when you need one. Taxes are too high; you didn't deserve that parking ticket. And snow removal hasn't been good enough since the Okanagan was inundated by snowmaggedon this week.

Get over it already – and get real.

Crews have been going flat out, doing everything they can to keep our roads safe – and working round the clock. So they didn't get to your street right away. What makes you more important than those who rely on major arterial roads and bus routes, or people who live on dangerously steep hills?

Yes, some of us missed a day of work. Maybe you had to reschedule an important appointment. But, municipalities can't be expected to staff their works departments for a once-in-lifetime event like Monday and Tuesday's snowfall. A dump of the white stuff like that hasn't occurred since the 1930s. To staff civic departments at such a level would be a waste of our tax dollars.

Instead, let's thank the hard-working men and women who have beaten back Mother Nature. If they haven't got to your neighbourhood yet, they will soon. And, soon enough, what's left will have melted.

Look on the bright side – today, we are one day closer to spring.

— News Director Jon Manchester

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