April 7, 2014

Cheers and Jeers: April 7, 2014

JEERS to inconsiderate drivers who splash pedestrians with road water.

As the snow melts at this time of year, there’s lots of extra runoff water on the streets. It gathers in dips and potholes, ready to be launched in all directions when a car roars by.

An employee of the Press-Republican recently saw one car drive right through a large puddle on the corner of Elm and Margaret streets in Plattsburgh as, in clear view, a woman and two young children approached the intersection.

There was a giant splash; the woman noticed and pulled back a bit at the last second, which saved them from being fully drenched in dirty water.

Being splashed with water is not a pleasant feeling for anyone. Think about pedestrians who are still bundled up for the cold weather then getting soaked and having to carry on with their commute. All while the driver is nice and dry in the car.

It is common courtesy for drivers to slow down or pull over a bit if they see a large puddle and someone on a sidewalk or nearby. Being soaked in 35-degree weather could ruin somebody’s day — and clothing.

CHEERS to the U.S. Air Force for its persistence in tackling the environmental problems left behind when Plattsburgh Air Force Base closed.

In 1995, the final people and planes stationed at PAFB packed up and left, victim to a Base Realignment and Closure Commission decision that shocked this area.

Locals intent on reuse were given the remaining buildings, land and equipment. Unfortunately, they also might have been stuck with leftover environmental problems that included soil and groundwater polluted by fuel, munitions and fire training.

Nearly 20 years later, most of the environmental messes have been cleaned up, at great expense, with the land having been cleared for sale and development.

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