Thanks for exercise; Community doo-gooders—Letters to the Editor

Thanks for the exercise

I shoveled my driveway a couple times due to continuing days of snow. Along came a city snowplow and covered the entrance to the driveway — the rest of the driveways on the street also. I will admit I was upset.

“Now why would anybody do something like that?” I asked myself.

Well, duh! It dawned on me: It was to keep people off the street, lessen traffic and, if someone needed to go shopping, they would be able to get the exercise that almost everybody needs.

I probably needed the exercise. So thank you to whoever is responsible for that thoughtful action.

—Dick Gilkison

Cottage Grove

Proud of community of do-gooders

I welcome this opportunity to publicly thank all the utility and public works crews for their Herculean efforts last week. They worked tirelessly in bitterly cold and dangerous conditions to restore power and to clear our roads for us.

To reassure concerned friends and family, our first responders made countless welfare checks on those with dead cell phone batteries and no way to communicate.

I also want to say what most of us already know... We are truly blessed to live in this caring community of thousands of do-gooders!

My husband Ralph and I were snowbound on Weeldreyer Hill all of last week. Like many, for four days we survived without power, heat or water in subfreezing temperatures.

We received dozens of calls and texts from concerned friends, relatives and neighbors. Several of them trudged through nearly 20 inches of snow to bring us food.

It was heartwarming to read social media posts and to check-in with friends and colleagues. Everyone had stories of how they were helped or how they were helping others survive Snowmagedden 2019 — the worst snowstorm here since 1969.

I’m proud of how folks throughout Lane and Douglas Counties responded to this winter emergency with compassionate care for others.

For years our government leaders have encouraged us to be prepared for situations like this. Perhaps this unexpected snowstorm can serve as a dress rehearsal for “The Big One” and motivate us to be more prepared for the next emergency event.

—Cindy Weeldreyer

Cottage Grove