Snowstorm may lay bare our ‘control addiction’ (COMMENTARY)


Commuters stand under an umbrella next to snow which was being plowed to the street edge from a walkway in Times Square, New York on January 26, 2015. A massive blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, canceling thousands of flights, curtailing mass transit and closing hundreds of schools, as officials warned that the storm could dump as much as 3 feet of snow on the region. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Adrees Latif *Note: This photo may only be republished with RNS-EHRICH-COLUMN, originally published on January 27, 2015

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(RNS) For a nervous few days, we worried that life as we know it in New York would be undone by a monster blizzard. Not a single one of us -- not even the mega-wealthy and mega-powerful in this mega-city -- can control storms.