WINTER

WINTER (M. Ryder / March 13, 2014)

Letters to the editor from Lincolnshire, Mundelein and Highland Park.

There oughta be a law!

Whereas, unregulated snowfall is a health hazard if not removed from walkways; and

Whereas, a large amount of snow leads to destruction of property when allowed to accumulate on roofs, causing their collapse; and

Whereas, salt used to de-ice roadways following a snowstorm damages private and public motor vehicles alike; and

Whereas, citizens are sorely inconvenienced by interruptions of electrical and transportation services by heavy snowfall; and

Whereas, children's educational progress is inhibited by "snow" days; and

Whereas, on the other hand, there are certain recreational and aesthetic values to the be considered in relation to snow; therefore,

Be it resolved, that a World Snow Council shall be created to regulate and restrict snowfall globally to a once-annual event, to occur during the hours between 3 p.m. local time, Dec. 24, and midnight (local time) Dec. 25, in amounts no greater than necessary to cover the ground to a depth of 4 inches; and of such moisture content as to cling to trees, bushes and other scenic features in an artistic manner. Such snowfall shall have completely disappeared from the landscape by 8 a.m. local time Dec. 26; and

Be it further resolved, that the public's fondness for snow sports shall be accommodated by public recreational areas to be known as Worldwide Outdoor Snow Recreational Areas, constructed in strict accordance with the blueprint on file with the WSC and subject to the following rules and regulations:

1. Snow shall be allowed to fall within the legally prescribed boundaries of a WOSRA from midnight local time Oct. 31 through midnight local time Jan. 31, in amounts prescribed by the local community's governing body.

2. All traces of snow must disappear from a WOSRA by 8 a.m. local time Feb. 1.

3. No snow will be permitted to fall outside the boundaries of any WOSRA, except as noted in the previous "Resolved" statement.

4. Such snow parks are for the exclusive use by children to build snowmen; by pet owners exercising their well-disciplined sled dogs; and by adult snow-shoers who, by law, must yield the right-of-way on hearing a shouted, "Hoo Hah" or "Mush" from behind.

Shirley B. Steidl, Lincolnshire

Paperless schools

As technology progresses, many schools have succumbed to involving it in daily learning. In many high schools across the nation, Google Chrome books are used to reduce paper, making other learning aspects and projects like homework easier.

These types of programs also assure students without Internet access at home a way to complete their school work. Also, learning how to use the applications on this device will prepare students for the future.

As a student whose high school is about to begin the initiative of 1:1 Chrome Book in the upcoming year, I believe this will motivate students to get their work done on time, help the environment and make more resources available to students during and outside of class.

Alina Rolfe, Mundelein