Letter: Calls for closures appreciated

I would like to offer words of appreciation and thanks to Mayor Kip Holden, Gov. Bobby Jindal, the school system officials,and the city and State Police for their leadership during the January icy and inclement weather. Their calm and decisive leadership in making the early calls to close schools, state and city governmental offices, and streets allowed people to plan appropriately, secure groceries and other necessities, and keep our families safe and warm at home during the worst of the bad weather. News conferences kept us updated with needed information.

Those decisions can’t come easily, and they are made with the understanding that if the bad weather predictions don’t materialize they will probably be criticized for overreacting. It’s all great sport to make fun of Southerners running for cover at the first sign of a snowflake falling.

But our leaders stood tall and did what they were elected to do, make hard decisions and lead. Their effective management of the crisis stands in stark contrast to what happened in Atlanta.

I can’t even imagine what it must have been like to spend 16 hours stranded in freezing weather on a highway while wondering what has happened to the rest of my family or where my children are. Worse than that, children sitting overnight in stranded school buses is unthinkable.

I’m proud of the way these people stepped up and did their jobs, and it’s nice to be able to say that. Thank you for a job well done.

DEBORAH RODNEY

retired human resource analyst

Baton Rouge