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December 22, 2012

TUCKER: Winter weather blues

Tonawanda News — It’s that time of year again. We’re only two days into “official winter” and the TV weather forecasters are already giving “Winter Storm Warnings.” Can’t they let us enjoy the holiday, snow and all, without their dire warnings?

Of course I realize that two-to-three inches of snow will cause chaos and that folks in the Southtowns are overjoyed at a lot more snow (think skiing)  — but c’mon get over the warnings. There’s nothing any of us can do about it anyway.

The other day I was making a list of the most annoying things and events that bug me. At first, the top of the list was, of course, signals and stop signs. But then it dawned on me that weather forecasters will top the list. And for those of you who hate reading this column, I can sympathize with you, as I look at the TV weather while all the time it makes me angry.

What goes around, comes around.

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Peter Gfroerer called to ask me a mathematics question. See if you know the answer.

How high would a pile of $100 bills be to reach $1 trillion? If each stack of $100 bills is one-half inch high, the answer is 784 miles.

Pete’s bottom line here is to state that few, if any of us, know or can even contemplate how much a $16 trillion deficit in this country really is. It’s a question to ponder, but I’m putting off pondering until after the New Year.

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The week before Christmas and the one after, are the slowest time for news of all kinds here at the News. Community events are at their lowest peak as people take time out to enjoy the holiday, as they should! Thanks to those who kept the community pages alive and well.

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