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Letters: Grit is not the way to get cars moving

Although I was born and raised in Rathfarnham, I moved to America in 1995. Today I find myself scratching my head at the utter lack of preparedness of the road crews in Ireland who are responsible for making sure the roads can be used when snow begins to fall or ice gathers.

ALThough I was born and raised in Rathfarnham, I moved to America in 1995. Today I find myself scratching my head at the utter lack of preparedness of the road crews in Ireland who are responsible for making sure the roads can be used when snow begins to fall or ice gathers.

It appears that Ireland continues to apply grit/gravel to the roads. Well this method is a complete and utter waste of time, money and resources. I have lived in Ohio for 15 years and have experienced 15 brutal winters, the likes of which Ireland never has to deal with. We receive several feet of snow every winter and the temperature is routinely in negative double digits.

When it snows, our road crews hop in their trucks and drive up and down the main streets and side streets sprinkling rock salt (grit-sized salt particles) on to the ground. Bingo! Problem solved for all motorists because salt melts snow and ice, even in extremely low temperatures. Then everyone can safely drive to and from work or wherever they are going.

I am so frustrated following the farce taking place in Dublin today as I listen to the radio. My brother called me and told me he is stuck in Dublin city on his bicycle and cannot ride home safely due to the state of the roads.

Maybe one day soon, Ireland will wake up and no longer accept playing second fiddle to the rest of the modern world. In 2010, there is no need for places like Dublin to suffer from a lack of proper services that should have been in place years ago!

S Moore Ohio


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