For all the moaning about salt supplies and the cost of sodium chloride for county roads, The Hound saw several municipal crews spreading a lot of the dear commodity on barely snow-covered streets on Monday. If it's so expensive and you don't have much, why blow it it on a mini-event?
At the most, the county got a dusting of about an inch, The Hound figures. They have to bring out the big trucks and salt spreaders for that? Perhaps we are becoming too used to down to the pavement roads in winter.
Two inches wouldn't get that much salt if The Hound was in charge of snowplows and spreaders. This is, after all, powdery white gold. Or at least that's what we were all told by public works pros from Antioch to Waukegan and from Winthrop Harbor to Mundelein when bids were being let.
So what's the deal? Why not just use sand at this early stage and hold the salt in reserve for those eight-to-12-inch storms you know will hit us once Old Man winter really starts to dump on us? Can someone enlighten The Hound?