Letters to the Editor

Concerned about costs of ill winds

A couple days ago we had some windy weather. Not a hurricane or a tornado, mind you; just some high winds. As an apparent consequence there were widespread power-outages throughout our county. Supermarkets, gas stations, hardware stores, restaurants and more were unable to open and do business.

It seems our infrastructure is dangerously fragile if a mere windstorm can wreak such havoc. Or, was the wind actually more severe than we’re used to? Either climate change is coming closer to our neighborhood or we are simply ill-prepared for the ordinary kinds of weather mother nature may throw at us.

Either way, as Bob Dylan famously sang so many years ago: “You don’t need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing.” Perhaps it’s time to wake up and prepare ourselves for the looming new reality.

I believe we must both make necessary investments in improving our infrastructure and require reductions in the carbon we spilling into our skies.

If you fear what that will cost, just wait until you see the bill for failing to do so.

Tom Goetzl

Bellingham

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