. . . we’ll be happy to give it to them!
Moguls skiers, due to compete this weekend, were taking the lack of it in stride yesterday.
The first event scheduled is women’s moguls qualifying on Saturday, with the finals to be raced later that day.
“I’ve skied on rocks, I’ve skied on ice, I’ve skied in the rain. This is nothing,” World Cup champion Hannah Kearney said, ahead of her first pre-Olympic practice run. “It’s unfortunate for the beauty of the surrounding mountains . . . but I don’t think it is going to be a problem for us skiing.”
Only athletes and their coaches were allowed at training yesterday, when they were to get their first look at the conditions.
“For safety reasons and our desire not to have any of the course-preparation work impacted, we decided just to let on the people that are absolutely necessary for the training,” said Dave Cobb, executive vice president of the Vancouver organizing committee.
Well, here is the front page from today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, and all they’re talking about is the impending snow, how it’s going to break the snowfall record, and how local snow removal budgets have been strained.
Municipalities may need federal help after snow²
By Edward Colimore, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer
With two major snowstorms in less than two months and a third on the way, municipalities are devouring snow-removal budgets and, without state or federal help, may be forced to cut services to cover winter’s costs.
New Jersey legislators are urging Gov. Christie to request emergency federal assistance to contribute to the municipal costs of plowing, sanding, salting, and overtime.
“This storm has already slammed our residents with heavy snow,” said Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D., Gloucester), one of the lawmakers calling for action.
“We don’t want to see them get slammed again with a property-tax increase when federal assistance may be available,” said Burzichelli, who is also mayor of Paulsboro.
In Philadelphia, the Dec. 19 snow cleanup cost $3.4 million, and the expense of last weekend’s storm – still being calculated – only added to budget burdens.
Communities in the Pennsylvania suburbs also were feeling the financial pinch. Some already have used up all of the money set aside for removal efforts.
[sigh!] Whenever costs are higher than anticipated, it’s always the feds who have to bail out people, companies, governments. How ’bout the cuts in other services option here?
¹ – The Philadelphia Inquirer, Tuesday, 9 February 2010, p. E-7
² – The Philadelphia Inquirer, Tuesday, 9 February 2010, p. A-1