The governments, cities and citizens of Western Washington need to get a grip and learn to handle snow events like the rest of the country does. We need to put on our big-boy undies and get out and shovel our walks.
If my 80-year-old neighbor can do it by herself, we should all be able to do it. Businesses not shoveling their sidewalks is inexcusable and an insurance liability. Although it is a law in Everett to shovel your walk it is rarely done and not enforced. Not shoveling your sidewalks shows a complete disregard for the joggers, walkers, mailmen, UPS, FedEx, and any other delivery personnel. We can do better!
Since it is a rare occurrence to get this much snow, I suggest the cities develop a list of independent contractors that can help with snow removal and hire them when they are needed. Which could prevent the thousands in lost revenue and productivity caused by having to shut down everything for days because of impassable roads.