Respect those out in the cold

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Not everyone can stay inside and warm during the big freeze.

POLICE OFFICERS, firefighters and paramedics, public works employees, mail carriers, utility workers.

Add your own professions to the list.

These are men and women who can't just stay indoors when the weather is as brutal as this, with subzero temperatures turning the outdoors into a potential killing field. This is the kind of cold wave that threatens anything living, and it's going to be around the rest of the week.

SO LET'S SHOW a little appreciation for the people whose job it is to brave the elements on behalf of the rest of us. Whether it's an accident or a severe medical condition, risk never takes a holiday. First responders go where they are needed, when they are needed, no matter the climate.

Likewise, public services continue to function - removing snow and ice, delivering mail - even when the weather turns dangerous.

Furnaces never break down when it's 80 degrees outside. And when cold weather snaps a power line, crews can't wait for spring to fix it.

By the way, newspaper carriers are out there every day, too. Let them know you appreciate it.

Stay warm, but show a little respect for those out in the cold on your behalf.

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