The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 7, 2013

The Weather Channel gets great big thumbs down for giving winter storms names


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs down to the Weather Channel deciding to name winter storms again this season.

Remember when we were finding Nemo as the name of last February’s New England blizzard?

Well, the channel unilaterally announced plans to name winter storms for another year. That’s why you recently braved “Cleon,” followed by “Dion.” Sixth on the list is “Falco” (We’re not sure if that’s a reference to Edie or the Austrian pop star, but you get the idea.)

The longtime tradition of naming hurricanes is determined by the World Meteorological Organization. That makes sense.

Naming winter storms, however, is overkill. What’s next? Naming tornadoes?

THUMBS UP

Thumbs up to those citizens running for local school board seats.

Several candidates for county boards of education tossed their hats into the ring at the start of the filing period.

We appreciate your dedication to be considered to serve these important posts that affect students and patrons in the community.

Many like to complain about public education, but you should be commended for your willingness to roll up your sleeves and actually do something.

We wish all the candidates the best of luck.

THUMBS UP

No one likes to pay taxes, but here is some good news for Garfield County: We’re good at doing it.

“Garfield County is one of the top three counties about paying taxes,” Garfield County Treasurer Kevin Postier said. “They pay extremely well. It makes my job easy.”

Thumbs up, taxpayers, and don’t forget: Property tax statements totaling more than $49 million went out in the mail recently.

THUMBS UP

Finally, thumbs up to groups that have scheduled events such as the “Marketplace Enrollment Event” throught the area this month.

This event and other groups are helping coach citizens through choices as they try to make sense of Affordable Care Act changes.

Community Development Support Association obtained a grant to help people navigate through the confusing program.

Thanks for the arduous task of finding information that will enable individuals to decide where to find the necessary coverage.