It seems to me that if someone lives in the mountains where snow and ice are likely in the winter, they would always be prepared for it. They should always carry chains, and should probably think about using an all-wheel drive vehicle. The same persons should be used to, and aware of the roads and conditions where they live.

These residents shared some responsibility for their predicament ("County workers ignored call-out to help with black-ice mess that stranded 64 vehicles," Letters, Jan. 11). They have chosen to reside in the mountains. While I hope that help will be available when unforeseen conditions develop, residents shouldn't expect the government to bail them out for not planning ahead.

Arlo Thompson

Bakersfield