Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow last week, suggesting that we’re in for six more weeks of winter.
But don’t tell that to Malden Mayor Gary Christenson who declared this week that "winter is over" as he lifted his city's winter parking restrictions.
Winter parking bans ostensibly seem to exist these days so snowplows can clear streets of snow that ostensibly doesn't exist. At least lately.
Why can't more communities function that way?
Malden does something else our municipalities should consider too.
Rather than imposing winter parking bans on a start date in November or December, Malden’s restrictions don't begin until the first plowable winter storm is forecast.
All of which seems more logical than depending on a groundhog.