Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The People Rally Around WA Citizens Stranded in Snowstorm…


…while the State and County governments do not. For the past few days, US Highway 2 over Stevens Pass has been closed due to a severe snowstorm that dumped feet of snow in a very short time. Trees were falling over the road, taking power lines with them, cutting off the towns of Baring, Skykomish, and Grotto. This is what Highway 2 looked like Tuesday.

Local KIRO Radio host Dori Monson has a great post on, describing the yeoman’s work done by local residents to bring food, water, fuel, and other supplies to the people stranded by the snowstorm, even with the highway closed. This makes me very proud of the people who really matter in Washington. Those the people of Seattle elect, not so much.

No state or local government effort was expended on the stranded people’s behalf, with the notable exception of the Department of Transportation and the Public Utility District.

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  1. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    Despite all the bad things we hear taking place in the world from time to time, there’s still plenty kindness to be found. I’m currently in Atlanta visiting my sons and grandchild, but one of my young neighbors called me yesterday from Seattle, who didn’t know I was in Atlanta, offering to grocery shop for me in the event I was afraid to drive in the snow. Her sweet thoughtfulness touched me deeply. Thank you for posting this story reminding us of this generosity of neighbors helping each other.

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    • January 16, 2020, at 7:38 PM PST
  2. JennaStocker Member

    Thank you for sharing a story to renew my faith in the American spirit. “No state or local government effort was expended on the stranded people’s behalf, with the notable exception of the Department of Transportation and the PUD” Right on. I’ve witnessed that here in the frigid MN winters as well, and I remember seeing that during the floods in the plains last Spring and after the hurricane hit in Texas, LA, FL when the Cajun Navy braved the waters for rescue missions. Families and communities come together and accomplish what government fails to do.

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    • January 17, 2020, at 3:23 AM PST
  3. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Isn’t it the Leftists who denigrate conservatives and Republicans who believe in self-sufficiency (described by leftists as an attitude of “you’re on your own”)? Well, this demonstrates that it’s really Leftists (who run all levels of government in Washington) with the “you’re on your own” attitude. They have more care for urban moocher street people than rural taxpayers.

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    • January 17, 2020, at 6:08 AM PST
  4. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    And here’s a follow-on article about how the neighbors of the stranded people helped out.

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    • January 19, 2020, at 11:10 AM PST
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