Kent Bush: Some people don't get snow days

Kent Bush

Isn't this weather awful?

It makes life so hard on all of us. How will we get our Christmas shopping done? Will I be able to make it to work? I hope they don't cancel the games tonight?

All of these things are important to us.

But we take people for granted who make life bearable in a time like this.

I am not intending to leave anyone out. Rather, I am trying to draw attention to people who don't have the luxury of stopping their lives and waiting for temperatures to rise.

When power goes out due to freezing rain, city crews don't sit and drink coffee. They are out in the elements repairing lines and connections while the storm still rages on. Your comfort and safety are their life's work.

When the roads become hazardous and we are all told to stay at home, street workers are out spreading salt and sand and clearing the way to help people make it safely to their destinations.

What about the police and fire departments? When roads are icy and conditions are miserable do they tell you they're sorry but you'll have to deal with it yourself?

No, they go out in the worst of conditions.

Ambulance crews make sure sick and injured people receive life-saving help.

Fire crews brave extremes to protect lives and property. Police answer the call during accidents or other emergency.

They don't get snow days.

The most famous weather beaters are the postal carriers. "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

They made a motto of how dedicated they are to delivering important messages and packages to you despite the conditions.

And don't forget newspaper carriers. In some towns a team of adults drives through seemingly impassable streets to make sure people get important information they need.

In Augusta, Gazette readers get that service from a team of about 35 youngsters, most throwing newspapers from bicycle seats whether the temperature is one hundred or minus one.

We all have trouble dealing with bad weather.

But we need to remember those who go out regardless of the weather to make sure our lives stay as normal as possible.

After what the elements have put many of them through this week, it would be a good time to say "thank you" if you get a chance.

Augusta Gazette