To the editor:

Shutting down a major city for a week is irresponsible and inexcusable. It is also a shocking non-use of tax money, causing pain, suffering, deaths, not to mention a week’s loss of the local economy, much-needed education, life-threatening health-care, etc.

Surely the taxpayers would subsidize a budget reserve for snow plow service on every major city highway, contracted out in advance to the most reputable snow plow firms before the next snow storm occurs.

The Taxpayers Foundation urges the avoidance of future shut-downs by the designation by the mayor of a committee – with representatives of business, industry, academia, health-care, etc. – to carefully plan “how to keep the city alive during the next snow storm.”

John S. Sherman, president Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation