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March 5, 2010
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
Letter to the Editor

Iowa has by now seen enough snow for this season. I have heard plenty of people making this statement. My point for this particular editorial is going to be a challenge.

Yes! Since the winter has begun I have only seen “2” snowmen being built. Why do young people not get bundled up and go out doors to play in the snow any more?

Back when; oops now I have dated myself. Oh well, back when I was younger we did not have snow pants or fancy winter gear and we still bundled up with layers and played in the snow until we were cold. If you keep moving you do keep warm. IT WAS SO MUCH MORE FUN to play in it than have to shovel it.

What’s wrong with them?

So my challenge is for all of you to kick your kids out the door for at least 1 hour every few days and tell them to either shovel the snow or play in it. If you can do that I will go out and make a snow angel, provided there is someone to help me get back up. NOW GO!!! HAVE SOME FUN! Maybe even you adults can inspire them.

Patty Henle



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