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From the Back Nine

On Dec. 6, I had 100 gallons of gas delivered to my house, which at the time gave me 110 gallons total. On Dec. 20, I had 30 gallons left. So in two weeks it has cost me approximately $212 to heat my house.

I generally keep the thermostat in the 65-degree range and the highest it will go is 68. I tell my family to put more clothes on when they complain.

So with all this unusually cold weather we've been having, the Rainwaters have been walking around the house looking like the little kid in A Christmas Story.

That reminds me of a conversation I had with someone waiting in line at the post office recently.

There were three of us, and one said he liked this kind of weather. Kind of surprised, I asked why. He said in the wintertime he can always find more clothes to put on, but in the summertime he can take off all his clothes and still be hot. But then he's ugly, too.

He has a good point, but I still say the only thing cold weather is good for is bringing snow.

IT WAS GOOD to see the Thomson Police Department enforce the speed limits in town, especially in school zones.

I have been back in Thomson for a year and a half, and it is rare that you see someone pulled over within the city limits or in the county.

It was all the talk around town last week when police conducted a "blitz" on motorists in front of Norris Elementary School. In just one hour, 27 citations were handed out, and that is something we all should be ashamed of. I pass by this school every morning on the way to the office, and I am amazed at the speeds I see going through when the school lights are flashing 25 mph. It just seems people don't give a flip.

I don't always agree with these types of "blitzes." In a South Carolina town I lived in, the downtown area was four-lane with angled parking on either side. It was illegal to make a left turn into a parking space, but everyone did it.

Then someone complained to a councilman, who embarrassed the police chief in an open meeting, and the next day tickets were flying. A bad PR move because this law had never been enforced. So all the tickets were turned into warnings, and people still got the message.

In this case, we are talking school zones where kids are involved. It shouldn't take a warning to force us to do the right thing.

We're adults and should know better.

Web posted on Thursday, December 23, 2010

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