NEWSFLASH: Living in western Pennsylvania or eastern Ohio isn’t for wimps.

It has always amazed me how people overreact every time there is a weather alert for snow. 

Locals were rushing to area grocery stores Thursday and Friday, stocking up on food and drinks like we were going to be immobilized for the next three weeks. I imagine the beer distributors also did just fine.

Come on, people!

Yes, you should use caution if you are driving. But how long have you endured winters in the Mercer County area? So far this has been a good season.

Hey, my wife is from South Dakota. So if we get a dozen inches or so of snow today, that’s nothing. It would be called “a day at the beach” in the Dakotas.

When my father-in-law moved here from out west years ago, he gave me his old car. It had a heater under the hood that you could plug in at parking meters in South Dakota because it was so cold your engine wouldn’t start without it after you went into a store.

And we are complaining that next week temps will drop below zero. Give me a break.

But even when we get pummeled with snow, or when temperatures make outdoor activities a bit uncomfortable, there is a very positive spin on it all.

Just think how much better we will feel when spring gets here.

• I read with great interest the story out of Kutztown that the city’s police department was asking for volunteers to drink liquor to the point of inebriation so officers could be trained to administer field sobriety tests.

The call on Facebook received hundreds of responses and more than 1,000 shares in less than a day.

Free booze, yeah, baby!

I immediately thought of the old TV sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati” where one episode offered a drinking test to disc jockey Dr. Johnny Fever, a renowned drinker. They had him drink and then hit a button to test his reflexes. 

The comical part of it was that the more he drank, the faster his reflexes became.

I attended a week-long seminar near Washington, D.C. years ago. One of the speakers was a doctor who worked for NASA with astronauts. He said, “Don’t ever go drinking with astronauts. They can drink an entire fifth of booze and you would never know they had been drinking.”

Since I’m pretty certain no astronauts will sign up for the drinking test in Kutztown, it will be interesting to see the final outcome.

LYNN SATERNOW of The Herald writes this column each Saturday for The Opinion Page. He can be reached at