We're not complaining.
The temperature in Grand Junction is 8°, but it's a sunny mountain 8, which is good for at least 16, says the weather service. To someone who just left Minnesota, though, it feels like 32.
Near-record cold here with near-record snow uncovered a connection I'd never noticed before, since snow rarely sticks on the ground for long.
We live outside the city limits, and our street comes off the main road that heads over Colorado National Monument. It's plowed for a ways, but then the cleared pavement veers off to an intersecting street, and the remainder of the way to our drive is snow packed.
Back in Minnesota, as discussion rages about snow plowing on city streets, I look at Red Sand Road and wonder, why here and not there? Indeed, why did the county plows bother with us at all?
The answer: school bus route. No kids live on our end of the road.
Minnesota state demographer Tom Gillaspy is pushing the notion that education, which takes up the lion's share of the state budget, is an investment that benefits everyone, not just school kids and their parents.
"We need to cultivate the idea that this is a public investment. We ought to think, 'When a young person achieves, he makes my life better.' We need to think of education not as yours or mine, but as ours."
It seems that education makes my street better, too.