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Newspaper should follow its own advice

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

How ironic. On the front page of the Daily Gazette on Monday, Jan. 6, is the local weather headline, “No outlet: Roads could be impassable.” The article goes on to say that all non-emergency travel is not advised in the rural areas. 

I live in a very rural area, 5 miles outside of city limits on a dead-end road. On Monday morning during the winter wind-chill and snow event, I was very surprised to get up, open up my living room drapes, and see a car stuck in front of my house – in the rural area on my dead-end road. My thoughts were, Who in their right mind is out there?

I tried getting the driver’s attention from the living room window to have him come inside to no avail. Finally, after 10 minutes of putting on long underwear, hat, scarf, coat, boots, and gloves, I went out into the elements to get his attention. It was our Daily Gazette rural paper delivery man, and he had been sitting there since 3:30 a.m.

I felt sorry for the man; he was just trying to do his job, but really? The Gazette prints the story on the front page for people not to travel, but they don’t tell their rural drivers to stay home? I don’t think getting Monday’s paper was an emergency.

We’re thankful for the Hopkins Township snow plow driver who was able to get him pulled out and on his way. Thank you.

I’m thinking policies and procedures should be reviewed. Let’s keep everyone safe and warm this winter.

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