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Published: Monday, Feb. 27 2012 10:41 p.m. MST

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yankees27
Heber, Utah

These guys should do what the guys in Park City do, they contract a guaranteed amount each month, so they are making bank right now because they are getting paid and not running their equipment. I can't believe a big company like Kimball hasn't thought about this. Besides, the prices they charge for their landscape maintenance, they should be fine through the winter don't let them fool you.

Shawnm750
West Jordan, UT

Maybe we need a state legislature referendum encouraging more snowfall from Mother Nature. It would be about as productive as half of the stuff they're wasting their time on right now... 8^\

srw
Riverton, UT

Let's remember that snowfall doesn't generate money for these companies, the rest of us provide the money...

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Boo-hoo.
Should we cry for you?

It's all about $$$

What's next?
A Government bail-out?
Lower taxes?
Un-Employment pay-outs for wrokers you never hired?

Name on e business that hasn't see rough times the last few years?

BTW - Wasn't just LAST year a record profit year for you guys?

mecr
Bountiful, UT

I honestly can't believe what I read here. People should be a little more compassionate to others.

Personally, I was all happy about this dry winter because I don't have to deal with snow while driving. That was until I heard from a father of 3 with a wife who needed medical attention who makes a living out of cleaning snow. He saved the most he could during summer but his wife's illness ate part of those savings and now they are struggling to put food on their table. Since then, I am praying for snow so families WHO DO WORK AND ARE NOT ASKING FOR GOVERNMENT HELP can have an income.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

"...'This is the worst winter we've had,' snow removal contractor says...".

It's Obama's fault.

DeltaFoxtrot
West Valley, UT

Any business based on nature will have its ups and downs... because nature itself has ups and downs. The trick is to build up savings in the good years so you can weather (ha ha) the bad years.

srw
Riverton, UT

mecr said, "I honestly can't believe what I read here. People should be a little more compassionate to others."

I think we should be compassionate toward people who clear snow and to all other kinds of workers. Overall, I would guess it's better for our economy if we have *less* snow. It would be better for companies to spend money on useful things, instead of paying to move piles of snow over to the edge of the parking lot.

"Since then, I am praying for snow..."

Please don't pray for snow (except perhaps in the mountains). We don't need more car accidents, more snow shoveling, or any of that.

sanpaco
Sandy, UT

"Worst" is a relative term.

byu rugby
Crystal Lake, IL

80% hateful or derogatory comments from the commentors. Wow! Residents of Utah sound like really nice folks. How about the fact that snow in the winter equals water from the faucet in the summer. Don't cut your nose off to spite your face.

mecr
Bountiful, UT

"Please don't pray for snow (except perhaps in the mountains). We don't need more car accidents, more snow shoveling, or any of that."

- except perhaps in the mountains: meaning people still get the fun
- more car accidents: people drive reckleslly with or without snow
- more snow shoveling: no extra work?

That last comment sounded like yes, we want fun but not to be hold responsible or accountable for our actions (I didn't know car accidents were due to snow, I thought the driver is at fault, what do I know?) and some exercise like shoveling snow is good for the body and the heart, but again, what do I know? this generation like free rides for sure.

srw
Riverton, UT

mecr said,
"- except perhaps in the mountains: meaning people still get the fun
- more car accidents: people drive reckleslly with or without snow
- more snow shoveling: no extra work?
That last comment sounded like yes, we want fun but not to be hold responsible or accountable for our actions (I didn't know car accidents were due to snow, I thought the driver is at fault, what do I know?) and some exercise like shoveling snow is good for the body and the heart, but again, what do I know? this generation like free rides for sure."

No, "except in the mountains" because we need water, and snow in the mountains helps our economy.

Concerning car accidents: It seems you didn't think this one through. There is a correlation between bad weather and car accidents, and even a perfect driver can be involved in a car accident. To conclude that I don't want to be held accountable for my actions because I don't like snow on roads is quite a stretch.

Concerning shoveling snow, here's something from WebMD: "Next time you are faced with the daunting task of shoveling snow, consider this: The task sends on average more than 11,000 adults and children to the hospital every year..." I admit, I would rather get my exercise in other ways.

BTW, I am not of "this generation."

michaelm
Waukesha, WI

It's not just in Utah either. Here in WI near Milwaukee we should be over 60 inches total for the winter season, we have only had 19 inches. There is green grass popping up all over, and trees are starting to leaf out.

The snow plow operators have been out of work all winter. A few good points to consider for us and likely you too: the State, cities and business have saved millions this year on snow removal, that money can go to other projects and jobs. Road crews have been much more active as well as other general construction that usually comes to a stand still in our sub-zero winters so more people are employed there too and more work is getting done.

Cons are more bugs and heat this summer, fewer crops, lower corn yields, higher cost of beef and dairy for the whole country, water shortages all over the state, and dirtier rivers and lakes. Our lower heating bulls will be offset by higher cooling bills this summer so thats a wash too.

I'm from the West and one of the things I love here in WI is the great seasons. WInter is great when we are blanked in snow, there is nothing nicer than watching the quite flakes floating down and covering the world in white. However this year its all been grey and muted browns, dirt and faded dead grasses, leaves, and branches. It's depressing and ugly to me.

I've always said if it's got to be cold it may as well be covered in white. I really miss the snow!

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