We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Dr. Torch ... You should come to Milwaukee Wisconsin during a good snow. They start plowing as soon as the first flakes fall. That's the only way to keep up with it. And they do a darn good job of prompt snow removal. Mayor Bloomberg of New York should go, humbly with hat in hand, and ask the City of Milwaukee, or the City of Minneapolis how they do it. And just shut up and listen while they tell him. What happened in New York during that recent blizzard is a disgrace.
Yes, there's a recognizable "snow line" in the US and Wisconsin is definitely on the competent northern side of it.
I lived in London for a number of years and, as a Canadian, was always amused at the utter calamity that a light dusting of white brought to that city.
Now, where I live in the Ottawa Valley countryside, the snow plows operate with a ruthless efficiency. The kids out here hate them of course - because it means the school bus pretty well always gets through!