Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


December 28, 2012

Longing for the carhops

THE ISSUE: Wednesday’s snowfall.

OUR VIEW: City and county plow operators, and those who keep their equipment up and running, deserve a standing ovation for quickly taking control of Howard County’s streets and roadways.

Our children, home from college on winter break, still were snuggled in their beds as we readied for work Wednesday. One of us drove by Barker’s B&K on the way in to work and longed to see the carhops.

But Snow Days and two-hour delays are for school kids and their instructors, not the rest of us – particularly those responsible for clearing the roads of snow.

Despite 4 inches of the white stuff, which drifted to several inches more in some spots by Wednesday afternoon, area roads were surprisingly passable Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Most drivers had two lanes of nearly clear pavement along highways.

Plow operators deserve our thanks. And, once again, Kokomo Street and Refuse Director Joe Ewing, county Highway Superintendent Ted Cain, and their crews – and those who keep their equipment up and running – deserve a standing ovation for their work. Just as they did when the area was hit by a 14-inch snowfall Feb. 13, 2006, these folks quickly took control of the roadways.

In Kokomo’s downtown, street crews salted, plowed and sanded much of Wednesday. There wasn’t a moment that a downtown visitor couldn’t park on a street.

In a week, most college students will be glad to leave mom and dad and return to their studies after the long holiday break. Perhaps mom and dad will be, as well.

But today, be thankful for city and county plow operators. Ours didn’t have to deal with the foot of snow that fell in Bloomington or the 7 inches that slowed Indianapolis, but they did their best to soften winter’s wallop Wednesday.

And join us in counting down the return of the B&K carhops.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • LoBianco: Bigger ethics questions raised in House Turner review

    Members of the House Ethics Committee who will take up Rep. Eric Turner’s case face daunting tasks as they try to answer two questions: Did their powerful colleague violate any ethics rules in privately lobbying against a measure that would have hurt his family’s business?

    April 18, 2014

  • Letters to the Editor: April 18, 2014

    Attendees at the Tipton County Board of Commissioners meeting April 7 were treated to an appalling lack of both action and concern by the commissioners.

    April 18, 2014

  • Letter to the Editor: April 17, 2014

    On March 20 of this year I attended a public meeting of the Tipton County Economic Development Alliance. Members of this group include the three county commissioners, a member of the county council, two members from the city council, and the mayor.

    April 17, 2014

  • Hicks: Measuring the unmeasurable

    One aspect of economic research I think is especially powerful is the ability to measure or monetize the things that humans clearly value but for which a market price is not necessarily apparent. This is one of the aspects of economic analysis that gives it such dominance over other social sciences.

    April 17, 2014

  • Rob Burgess House of Burgess: Bush presents 'The Art of Leadership'

    On April 5, “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy,” opened at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University. The display, which runs through June 3, boasts “portraits of more than two dozen world leaders” painted by Bush, according to the official literature.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bohanon: ‘Economics is fun’ in Vegas or in Bible study

    I am writing this on an airplane to Las Vegas. I’ll be attending the annual conference of the Association of Private Enterprise Education along with two of my colleagues and six of my students.

    April 16, 2014

  • Letters to the Editor: April 16, 2014

    At the time the agenda for the April 7 commissioner meeting came out, I was happy to see that the neglected commissioner board appointments were finally going to be addressed. These appointments had been in limbo for months on end.

    April 16, 2014

  • Hayden: Want better teacher ratings? Ask the kids

    The state may be back where it started, encumbered with a flawed teacher grading system, a year after implementing what were meant to be tough new standards.
    That was the general consensus of the State Board of Education days after teacher evaluation data were released last week.

    April 15, 2014

  • Letters to the Editor: April 15, 2014

    In a recent “public eye” article written by KT columnist Scott Smith about the proposed industrial wind turbine project; mention was made of the “new deal” brokered by Howard County Commissioners with E.ON.

    April 15, 2014

  • BRIAN HOWEY: Mike Pence for president in 2016? Stay tuned Mike Pence for president? The swirl of 2016 national ticket talk surrounding Gov. Pence intensified over the past few weeks. I sat down with the governor in his office on Tuesday to find out what he's really thinking. A few hours prior, the Weekly S

    April 14, 2014

Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.