The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 1, 2012

Common sense

The Register-Herald

— As power crews, snow plow teams, first responders and countless others do their thing to try to return some normalcy to the tens of thousands across our region impacted by the superstorm that has haunted us this week, the call for using common sense can’t be made enough.

The snow and subsequent drifting have created significant access and electric problems in many areas. Crews are working to get these issues addressed; unfortunately, as we heard from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Wednesday, it’s going to take several days in some locations.

Nobody wants to hear that, but it is what it is.

For the second time in four months we are experiencing a weather-related crisis. What’s different this time, trees and power lines are down and many roads are blocked because of that plus massive amounts of snow.

Frustration has started to set in for some who have been without power and/or have limited vehicle access.

While it is difficult, citizens need to keep exercising good judgment and continue to be safe when venturing out.

The worst of the storm may be behind us, but the recovery is still under way and will be for several days and weeks ahead.

If you can, we would again encourage you to assist neighbors and others who may be in need.

Also, thousands of children have had “Frankenstorm” put a big damper on their Halloween activities.

Trick-or-treat has been rescheduled in many locations and with large amounts of snow still piled up it will create more safety issues when the kids actually start to go out during the next few days dressed as ghosts, goblins, witches, super heroes and the like.

Be cognizant that they are out there and try to treat sidewalks and walkways the best you can before they come calling.

West Virginians are resilient people; it’s part of our nature. We will get through this and move on.