EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


February 18, 2014

Time to apply the mercy rule to winter


Schools are plowing through snow days faster than town crews can keep the streets clean and safe for travel.

The Merrimack River used to freeze solid fairly routinely. In 1918, according to Joe Callahan, an amateur historian from Salisbury, who has researched the matter, the ice was a foot thick in the channel. That gave residents a welcome shortcut when traveling between Newburyport and Salisbury.

It’s been decades since anyone with brains not frozen solid would attempt such a trip. The river just doesn’t freeze like that anymore.

Whatever the reason — temperature extremes, storm after storm, a general loss of New England resilience — we’ve had enough.

So, please, Mother Nature, find it in yourself to let March enter and depart like a lamb.

Editorial: Time to apply the mercy rule

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