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February 18, 2011
Morning Journal News

Some people say we no longer have spring. The seasons go from winter to summer.

We don't know about that. But there is another season before summer and after winter. And it began early this year.

It is the pothole season.

After two-plus months of snow, ice and generally bad weather, Mother Nature has eased off a bit. When the snow and ice and slush melted, the potholes began appearing.

It is no real surprise. Salt is notoriously hard on the roads, but people expect streets to be passable. So salt is used.

Add the normal freezing and unfreezing of the ground, the expanding and contracting, and potholes are the result.

It's not the mayor's fault. It's not the road crew's fault. It's not even George Bush's fault.

So we deal. We slow down, keep one on the road surface and remember where the worst spots are.

Soon the ground will settle and the patching can begin.



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