The Big Chill wasn’t such a big deal back in the day

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Another winter month is out of the way . . . and hopefully we won’t be bombarded with the word’s “wind chill” coming from weather forecasts that seemed to have dominated the past week’s news reports.
Funny but, we fail to remember such things as wind chill temps when we were a kid. We were more concerned sledding on the hilly snow packed streets of Plattsmouth and if Mom would have hot chocolate when we concluded our winter play. A cautious mom would make sure we had a scarf around our neck, dry mittens and socks. We were warned to come home before our toes got numb. Not once was there mention of wind chill.
Now this past week it appeared the entire country had engaged in competition to have the coldest wind chill report. A national weather report covering the Midwest, eastern and some southern states did not broadcast regular temp reports but wind chill temps only. The coverage of Trump, government shutdown, China, Russian investigations and Nebraska basketball had taken a backseat to the nationwide TV and newspaper wind chill coverage.
Even some area metro post offices elected to ignore their motto: Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” and proceeded to skip route deliveries last Wednesday because of the cold chill.
Wind chill reports were also a factor when some schools -- particularly those with school bus routes -- canceled classes.
On the bright side of all this wind chill caution, it appears the warnings were well-heeded, for which we are thankful.
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Speaking of the past few weeks, it looks like we’ve got a lot of presidential hopefuls who are prepping to run in the next election. It seems the majority of those hopefuls already are in Washington as members of the House or Senate.
We can’t help but wonder if those hopeful politicians would spend as much effort trying to form a cooperative solution to our government shutdown as they do in making early campaign speeches, we could resolve another embarrassing government shutdown.
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People are like boats. They toot loudest when they are in a fog.
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And finally. “Multiple births are more frequent in larger families,” declares a statistician. Boy, it’s mighty hard to fool those statisticians!

RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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