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  • katherinekikendall Feb 4, 12:34 p.m.

    Thanks for the shout-out for the NC Museum of History!

  • computer trainer Feb 1, 8:23 p.m.

    "A Survival Guide"? A little self-important methinks. This is not Armageddon, just an... View More

    — Posted by sinenomine

    I agree! These parents with their inconvenient children. Maybe if they all had live-in nannies, those kids would not be so much trouble!

  • beaupeep Feb 1, 8:23 p.m.

    Just sayin'...

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/01/65-car-pileup-massachusetts-i-290/3797527/

  • sallyquality Jan 31, 5:30 p.m.

    SALLYQUALITY - School buses are in fact designed to drive in this "type" of weather. It is a... View More

    — Posted by Red Sox Nation

    Zambonis and ice racing motorcycles are designed for ice.

    School buses are not.

    — Posted by beaupeep

    Correct. The busses may be designed for this, but what about the tires. Tires are specifically... View More

    — Posted by Reformed Liberal

    Unless something has changed drastically over the years, buses loaded with kids are ok but as the bus empties it is terrible in snow and ice.

  • tayled Jan 31, 3:37 p.m.

    Wake County could have gone a half a day at least on Tuesday before all the snow and ice hit. If they had let out at noon, this would be day 3, not day 4. Buses could have easily made their rounds before the weather got bad.

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 31, 2:57 p.m.

    They can cancel school here every day for all I care. Makes my drive to and from work a breeze.

  • stacey3 Jan 31, 2:56 p.m.

    Avoid McDonald's on Walnut Street, Playland. No available parking spaces. Multiple cars waiting in lot for any available spot. No available tables inside. Rude, old people sitting alone at four-person booths literally provoking confrontations with people waiting with food in hand for tables. One guy was dressed in camouflage, walking around the store telling people where to stand, how to behave. 50-75 kids on the play structure (designed for about 15-20), no parents monitoring their children. That place is a lawsuit, or trigger-happy old timer waiting to explode.

  • musthavecoffee Jan 31, 2:46 p.m.

    Most on here don't think teachers are worth anything, so I would think most would be overjoyed.

  • hihuwatlu Jan 31, 2:11 p.m.

    Back on the subject, my daughter always liked swimming at an indoor pool in the winter and Raleigh has a few indoor pools. Cooking was always fun too. We would make things that could be frozen and used for weeknight dinners when school started up again.

    I used to wish schools would come up with inclement weather routes for the buses to use on days like today when most roads are clear but some subdivisions are still treacherous. We were in Johnston county where the bus still stops in front of just about every kids house. I wouldn't have minded getting my child to the entrance of the subdivision when needed because of weather. And teens could take buses those days instead of driving themselves if needed. It would beat losing spring break, saturdays, and summer vacation.

  • Red Sox Nation Jan 31, 1:51 p.m.

    BEAUPEEP - My #1 driving tip was to slow down..........Do you even read what someone writes or do you just troll the internet. Seems to be the latter of the two.........If you aren't going fast nothing bad will happen. That's not over confidence, that's common sense. Please don't be so dense. You're better than this.

  • beaupeep Jan 31, 1:47 p.m.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

    I don't fear ice.

    I fear overconfident yankees with bald tires and large mouths who can't slow down and enjoy life.

  • Red Sox Nation Jan 31, 1:46 p.m.

    REFORMED LIBERAL - As I said, no experience needed. Only common sense.

    BEAUPEEP - Ummmm...... I never once "chained up" or had studded tires on my car. I survived. I'm not saying I'm smarter then anyone. Stop perceiving your shortcomings as anothers arrogance. Same goes for you "OBAMACARE PREVAILS AGAIN". If you're comfortable living your life in fear, that is your problem. It's a little snow and ice. Cry me a river.

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 31, 1:37 p.m.

    Since this will probably be the only thing to resonate with you, "up north" we would drive all... View More

    — Posted by beaupeep

    It's Baahston......and they're wicked smaaht.

  • beaupeep Jan 31, 1:36 p.m.

    Since this will probably be the only thing to resonate with you, "up north" we would drive all day in snow, but were smart enough to "chain up" in ice if we weren't running studs.
    But I'm sure you Boston boys are MUCH smarter.

  • Reformed Liberal Jan 31, 1:22 p.m.

    REFORMED LIBERAL - As long as the tires aren't bald, they will be fine. My tires actually are... View More

    — Posted by Red Sox Nation

    You can tell people how to drive all you want. That does not make them experienced.

  • Red Sox Nation Jan 31, 1:14 p.m.

    REFORMED LIBERAL - As long as the tires aren't bald, they will be fine. My tires actually are bald right now, and I've been fine. Driving in these conditions doesn't really take experience. Slow down, use the cars engine to slow you down as much as possible. BAM!! That's it. I know different regions react differently to things, but come on, the title of this article says it all. This is getting a bit ridiculous. When news casts are referring to the region as getting "walloped" by a winter storm, it's a little much. I keep hearing the argument that "well it's ice!" as if this is the only area that gets ice. Just pointing out the ridiculousness of that. "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." - FDR We should not be afraid of a little ice

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jan 31, 1:12 p.m.

    "Better to have separate city and county systems" Not going to happen in Wake County. Ever. The liberals in control will never hear of it.

    This is really simple folks, if you're not happy about having to babysit your own kids this week, don't send them to the makeup days.

    In addition, I agree with an earlier poster, if keeping up with your kids this week has been an issue for you, then you should not have had them. And for heaven's sake don't have anymore.

  • Reformed Liberal Jan 31, 1:05 p.m.

    SALLYQUALITY - School buses are in fact designed to drive in this "type" of weather. It is a... View More

    — Posted by Red Sox Nation

    Zambonis and ice racing motorcycles are designed for ice.

    School buses are not.

    — Posted by beaupeep

    Correct. The busses may be designed for this, but what about the tires. Tires are specifically designed for the conditions they are to be used for. And the only way for people down here to become well experienced for these conditions are to keep them driving in these conditions. Can't train for icy roads when there are none except once a year. If a doctor treats a patient once a year, would you trust that doctor to be experienced? I know that statement is a little extreme but it proves my point. Something a little more related, down here we are more experienced when it comes to hurricanes. Up north, it is more rare and they react differently. Why? Because of the lack of experience. This also explains the situation down in Atlanta.

  • Red Sox Nation Jan 31, 1:04 p.m.

    OBAMACARE PREVAILS AGAIN - Cool!! Thanks for pointing out your ignorance!

  • Red Sox Nation Jan 31, 12:55 p.m.

    BEAUPEEP - Since you are saying that automobiles can't drive on patches of snow and ice, there is clearly much that I can tell you. Since you spent roughly a decade driving in Wisconsin, I'm certain that you drove over your share of ice patches, and wouldn't you know it, you survived!!!! Thanks for proving my point!! Yes the roads are slippery, however, they are not un-drivable.

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 31, 12:53 p.m.

    A name like 'Red Sox Nation' was all I needed to see in order for me to ignore your posts.

  • beaupeep Jan 31, 12:49 p.m.

    RedSox:

    I spent from age 15 to mid 20's driving in Wisconsin. I don't believe you can tell me anything.

  • Reformed Liberal Jan 31, 12:36 p.m.

    Driving on ice or snow once a year or so does not make anyone experienced for those conditions. I use to live up north and drove around in these same conditions, but that was the norm up there. Down here, it is not normal.

  • beaupeep Jan 31, 12:31 p.m.

    SALLYQUALITY - School buses are in fact designed to drive in this "type" of weather. It is a... View More

    — Posted by Red Sox Nation

    Zambonis and ice racing motorcycles are designed for ice.

    School buses are not.

  • Geez Louise Jan 31, 12:27 p.m.

    Most of the school systems have closed because of the danger with the buses getting children... View More

    — Posted by computer trainer

    --Exactly my thought. And there are a lot of couples out there who can't have children who would be more than happy to "survive" with your children.

  • beaupeep Jan 31, 12:22 p.m.

    RedSoxNation:

    Boston called. They want you back. We'd like you to take them up on it.

  • Red Sox Nation Jan 31, 12:14 p.m.

    SALLYQUALITY - School buses are in fact designed to drive in this "type" of weather. It is a tiny amount of ice and snow!! And yes, have the high school drivers commute to school as well. Do you want them to live their life in constant fear?!? Do you think this is the one and only place where ice is on the road?? Ice is on roads everyday and it doesn't matter what type of snow removal equipment you have.. The ice will continue to be there. Drive smart. You will survive. I promise. Stop saying that here in NC you're not accustomed to this. This happens nearly every year!!

  • Red Sox Nation Jan 31, 12:09 p.m.

    BEAUPEEP - Just because people near you don't know how to drive doesn't make it a good call. It's a tiny bit of snow and ice. The world is not ending

  • UpChuck Jan 31, 12:06 p.m.

    I rode to school in snow storms in the same school buses that are used down here. I think I can... View More

    — Posted by Billy the Kid

    Seriously, dude, move back.

  • sinenomine Jan 31, 11:51 a.m.

    "A Survival Guide"? A little self-important methinks. This is not Armageddon, just an inconvenience.

  • beaupeep Jan 31, 11:22 a.m.

    No reason to cancel today. Bad call.

    — Posted by 42

    Based on the number of cars slid off the road near my house this morning, GOOD call.

  • 42 Jan 31, 10:51 a.m.

    No reason to cancel today. Bad call.

  • Billy the Kid Jan 31, 10:45 a.m.

    I rode to school in snow storms in the same school buses that are used down here. I think I can remember the bus getting stuck once or twice in all the years I rode it. The bus drivers even had us fill the seats over the rear tires for added traction. I also remember us kids getting off the bus to walk the rest of the way home, but we went to town schools that were close to home. And we are just a hardier group of people up North anyway.

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 31, 10:45 a.m.

    This is why the South lags behind the rest of the country in education.

  • sallyquality Jan 31, 10:41 a.m.

    I think these extended snow days prove that these county-wide school systems are too big. ... View More

    — Posted by thewayitis

    While I agree with Wake county being too big to make a single call on snow days, I don't think you should blame it on the "relatively few who live in out in the boonies". What's wrong with living in the boonies? Everyone doesn't want to live in neighborhoods where the houses sit on top of each other and have no yards. ADn there are more of us than you think. And you have to remember high school students who drive to school. And there are a lot of them. Inexperienced drivers and icy roads. My commute from the boonies consisted of 7 miles of long stretches of ice and snow then dry pavement and then more ice and snow before I reached a primary road. I had no problems but a school bus isn't designed or intended to drive in this type of weather.

  • thewayitis Jan 31, 10:29 a.m.

    I think these extended snow days prove that these county-wide school systems are too big. Better to have separate city and county systems, so that all the students aren't kept out for the relatively few who live out in the boonies.

  • mafiamic Jan 31, 9:30 a.m.

    Are we going to be hearing about the dusting we got compared to the Northern people all year now?
    It has already snowed it is over have fun go to work..IF BOTH PARENTS CAN WORK THEN THE CHILDREN SHOULD BE ABLE TO GO TO SCHOOL.

  • Billy the Kid Jan 31, 9:00 a.m.

    At this point let's just call it a school year and be done with it.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jan 31, 8:55 a.m.

    "It's a joke that schools have been closed now for 4 days for such little snow"

    The joke will be on the school system when half don't show up for makeup days. Esp those who are being told they're to go on the weekends. I bet that isn't going to happen for many families.

  • PowderedToastMan Jan 31, 8:49 a.m.

    It's a joke that schools have been closed now for 4 days for such little snow

  • Billy the Kid Jan 31, 8:37 a.m.

    4 days off for 3 inches +/- of snow. What a joke! How many of these kids went to the mall, the movies, out to lunch? NC is not that far south and needs to lighten up with the snow freak outs.

  • computer trainer Jan 31, 8:34 a.m.

    Most of the school systems have closed because of the danger with the buses getting children there. Secondary Roads and lesser traveled roads are still not great.

    I find it amusing that parents need a "Survival Guide". Good grief. If you are a parent and do not know what to do with your children, I have to wonder if you should have children. I mean seriously, 4 days? Come on! They are your kids and YOUR responsibility.

  • sarahoconnor Jan 31, 8:30 a.m.

    School was cancelled because some of the neighborhoods and secondary roads were too icy for busses to navigate safely. I'm so tired of reading all the negative comments about schools being closed.

  • catherinecatlewis Jan 31, 8:00 a.m.

    Does anyone else find it rather amusing that the roads are too dangerous to travel to have school, but the first handful of suggestions here are about getting out and about in the community. ; ) I mean, my daughter can't make it to algebra class but I can take bowling?

  • 45ACP Jan 31, 6:22 a.m.

    If kids can go to all these attractions, they can go to school. No reason for schools to be closed today.

  • PowderedToastMan Jan 31, 12:43 a.m.

    This city is pathetic with all the time off

  • busyb97 Jan 30, 9:44 p.m.

    My kids feel slightly "cheated". We homeschool- so they still had school days, albeit slightly shortened. The teacher wasn't a big ogre though...They did get to spend several hours outside, until they couldn't feel their faces anymore. Then back inside for more schoolwork. :)

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