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Scott Loftis

From the Editor

Scott Loftis is managing editor for Carroll County Newspapers. His email address is CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com

Opinion

Not sure what to expect

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Iím writing this column on Friday, in anticipation of Monday being a little different than it is most weeks.

Monday is our ďproduction dayĒ here at the Carroll County News ó the day we actually put the newspaper together and send the pages to the press in Harrison. Typically, this column is written on Monday along with much of our other content. Part of that is because I tend to be a procrastinator who works better under deadline pressure and part of that is because we often seem to be dealing with breaking news ó like last Mondayís arrest of three local men who are accused of a murder exactly three years before. We got that news just after lunch on Monday and reworked the front page to give it the attention it deserved.

But this coming Monday ó Feb. 15 ó looks as if it will be, well, a different sort of different. As I write this, even the most conservative forecasters are calling for us to get several inches of snow in a four-day span beginning Sunday night. Some are even calling it the kind of snowstorm that happens once every 100 years in this area.

I donít dislike snow and Iím sure it will be quite a scene looking out the valley from my front window.

But a foot of snow and temperatures in the teens or lower could cause a lot of problems. Iím hoping that the power stays on both at home and at the office and that weíre able to print the newspaper on schedule.

Iím also hoping that the vulnerable and the less fortunate among our population stay safe. Iím blessed in a lot of ways ó I have plenty of food, plenty of blankets and a comfortable home. Even if the power goes out, Iíll be just fine for a few days. But the harsh reality is that there are homeless people in Carroll County, and people who donít have enough to eat. This kind of weather wonít just be inconvenient for those folks ó it could be dangerous.

Iím honestly not sure exactly what to expect, and certainly none of us can control the weather. If itís going to snow, Iím hoping that everyone stays safe and property damage is minimal.

And that this column reaches everyone on schedule.