It’s hard to believe that only a week ago, temperatures plummeted below freezing. But it’s a dry cold, I reminded myself as I shivered from the house to my car, and then from my car to my office front door.
Actually, I enjoyed the cold snap. At one point, the air was so crisp and frigid that it evoked a momentary sensory memory of my walking in snow as a child. I could actually smell the snow and hear it crunch beneath my feet.
I feel for those Tucsonans who were without heat and water, especially for those still waiting for their utilities to return. Fortunately, we in Northwest Tucson were not hit as hard as other areas of the city, but I’m sure you have plenty of interesting cold-weather anecdotes and photos to share. Please submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you.
Of course, you don’t have to wait for a major power outage to contact us. You can also share your news by visiting our website at www.explorernews.com. You’ll find an “Announcements” button under the “News” drop-down that allows you submit your milestones, such as weddings and births. There’s also a “Poll” button along the top of our home page that directs you to our weekly survey question. This week we’re asking Marana residents which method they’ll use to vote in the March 8 election: voting at the polls or mailing in an early ballot. Be sure to check back weekly to have your say. You also can submit a poll question to email@example.com.
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Lastly, I send my condolences and congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Yes, they lost Sunday’s Super Bowl, so what’s to congratulate? The team never gave up despite Green Bay Packers’ lock on the lead throughout the game. They kept fighting back, and at one point, it looked like they could pull out a win. I know Pittsburgh fans were heartbroken by the loss. While Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers was cheered as the game’s MVP, there was utter “silence” from fans at the Pennsylvania sports bar where my niece watched the game. Still, Pittsburgh can be proud that they gave it their best, and that’s all any of us can do.
— Wendy Miller