Atlanta’s Icy Logjam a Beacon of Hope for The Future
By Benita M. Dodd
The metro Atlanta region came to a standstill this week, its interstates, highways and side streets glazed over with ice after a sudden snowfall, and thousands of commuters left stranded. Children spent the night at school, people bedded down in churches, restaurants, hotel lobbies and grocery stores.
The rest of America chuckled good-humoredly at those silly Atlantans who can’t even drive in a dusting of snow.
The fingerpointing and soul-searching began early. Whose fault? Why didn’t government learn from the last ice storm? What can policy-makers do better next time? What is wrong with motor-centric Atlanta that it won’t embrace mass transit? Why isn’t Georgia spending more on (fill in the blank)?
None of that matters. Although, tell those Northerners time and again that it’s not about the snow but about the ice that follows … they just won’t hear you.
What does matter is the mettle of Atlanta that was polished and shone through in the trying hours that followed. Every way you turned in Atlanta on Tuesday night, January 28, 2014, the examples of kindness and character were heartwarming. Continue reading “Atlanta’s Icy Logjam a Beacon of Hope for The Future” »