Thursday, December 08, 2005

HO,HO,HO,and Snow, Snow, Snow

Now this is what I got from the lede of this so called article:

"Dennie Pendergrass, chief of operations for the Columbia Public Works Department, said crews have been working hard since late last night to clear city streets. Nearly all of the 17 plow and salt trucks have been out since 1 a.m., he said."

Is it absolutely necessary to add the second 'he said' in there? Can't the reader just assume that student reporter Colin Reed did not know that the city of Columbia had 17 snow plows and salt trucks? Ok, and does 17 seem like not enough trucks to blade the entire city? Columbia is not huge by any means but 17? I would think that there would be more than that. Or at least I did when I woke up this morning and there was still 4 inches in my driveway along with 4 inches on the streets of my complex. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't there a way that you can just attach the blade to a truck? So wouldn't like city truck drivers be able to help out? Did I dream that up, I might have. It seems kinda crazy now that I think about it. I know I wouldn't want to get out of bed to go shovel snow, unless I had a Ford or something. Then I'd go out just to drive around!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The good ol' days of snow days

Oh how I miss elementary and high school, when the entire day was cancelled because a lot of snow is supposed to fall. I loved those days. However, that was in Iowa...where parents are smart enough, and motivated enough to get their lazy asses out of bed at 6 a.m. to see whether or not their children have school! Honestly, do parents here NOT know that it will be broadcasted? If that is the case, they probably should not continue to be parents. Adoption is the best option. I saw 'White Oleander' or whatever movie that was with Michele Phifer (she's so out of the high profile list that I don't even remember how to spell her name!) and foster care is NOT the way to go! Does the state even broadcast school closings? It wouldn't surprise me if it didn't. Missouri...geesh. I'm so glad that I get to go back to the good ol' state of Iowa here pretty soon. Snow or shine, I'm drivin my little butt back up to where the tall corn grows! AND I'M NOT COMING BACK!!!!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

The heritage of Kwanzaa

Way to go with the article covering Kwanzaa and the candle-lighting ceremony last Saturday. I think that it is so very important for people to get a glimpse of all of the different religions and for people to support everyone else's celebrations. Having an open mind to all of these different beliefs is a great thing to have. I know that I appreciate other people, and I hope that I can learn to appreciate everyone's beliefs even though they are different from my own. I think that doing this is the first step toward peace, a general understanding and acceptance of other people and what they believe in. I didn't know anything about the celebration before I read this article. Granted, I don't know a lot about it now, but I have a better understanding than I did before. Reporter Parks, however, need to make sure that all of his spelling has been corrected before he puts an article out there...Either that or I need to know that Douglas is really spelled Douglass!