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Letter to editor: Winter storm response done right this time

February 17, 2014
A couple of weeks ago, a snowstorm battered several Southern states, including Georgia. There was much blame to pass around from individuals, government, schools and businesses. Often we judge others by their actions and ourselves by our intentions.

Anybody can be a Monday-morning quarterback and criticize. Real leaders take responsibility, adjust, prepare and plan for a better future.

This week, everyone got it right. Schools were canceled early and over-communicated with parents. Cities and counties prepared public safety personnel, sent out clear communications and cleared roads. People exercised personal responsibility staying home and off the roads while power companies continue to work tirelessly to keep the lights on.

Gov. Nathan Deal was exceptional with his leadership, management, communication and tireless efforts to protect Georgians. I want to personally thank everyone for their hard work and dedication.

Critics often focus on the negative and forget to acknowledge the positive. In Georgia, we have so much to be positive about and celebrate.

One of my most favorite movie scenes is from Rocky Balboa, when Rocky said these words to his son: "You, me or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you're hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done."

Everyone got it right this time and Georgia is prospering.

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    Winter Storm Response
    February 20, 2014 | 09:48 AM

    'Not wanting to "rain on a politician's parade", and especially not wanting to challenge the notion of acknowledging the positives in people and events, I was surprised that you failed to acknowledge Mother Nature for her role in the second storm. I think you're being a little too quick - and disingenuous - to pretend that government and business leaders somehow influenced the second storm's impact. The fact that the storm hit the area overnight had far more of an impact in determining the chaos - or lack of chaos in this event. Ensuing decisions to close schools and businesses was rendered a routine, anti-climatic reaction on Monday night and Tuesday morning.

    Dale Conrad
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