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Second thoughts on winter endorsement : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Second thoughts on winter endorsement

A few weeks ago on this page, we came out firmly in favor of winter. We encouraged our readers who are able to get out the door and embrace the natural wonders of this season by enjoying a walk, hike or run along one of our many local trails or in their own neighborhoods. We noted that when dressed properly, those that partake in such outdoor excursions can breath in the crisp air, feel the crunch of freshly fallen snow beneath their feet and marvel at the bald eagles and other wildlife. We also noted that such activities can do much to lift the effects of cabin fever.

Well, upon further review (and two major cold snaps later), we're still standing by our endorsement of winter, but we'll admit the bracing cold is sapping a good chunk of our resolve. We're becoming tired of digging out from the frequent snowstorms, shivering in our car waiting for it to finally warm-up and the stress of driving on ice-packed roads. Instead of bundling up and heading out into a winter wonderland we're feeling more like hunkering down at home with some hot chocolate or something even stronger, preferably by a roaring fire.

Still, we're not going to let winter defeat us. We take solace knowing that February starts this Saturday and Groundhog Day is this Sunday, Feb. 2-sure signs of the eventual arrival of spring. And we are especially looking forward to Feb. 15, the first day that pitchers and catchers will report to the White Sox spring training camp in Glendale, Az. (In case you haven't been paying attention, the Sox have made some very interesting personnel moves over the past few months and we're excited-for now-at what the summer may bring.) Hopefully by the middle of February we'll all be enjoying some longer and slightly warmer days. If the prospect of above freezing temperatures and the return of baseball isn't enough to lift our spirits, we remain fully prepared to actually revel in winter's continuing cold and gloom. We've done it before. As artist and author Bill Watterson once said, "I like these cold, gray winter days. Days like these let you savor a bad mood."

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