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If you wade through the fear mongering and hand wringing in Jeannette Lyon’s letter (Dec. 8) regarding Silt police protection, she brings up some interesting issues.

Is it the taxpayers’ responsibility to provide security to local businesses? It’s my understanding that the Lyon’s car wash has no security system. The lack of a security system at a business open 24 hours a day is, to use Lyon’s words, “an invitation for thieves and vandals to attack.” Even an on-duty police officer can’t be everywhere all the time. Or does she want a police officer stationed at each of her businesses 24 hours a day for her protection?

It’s not clear what she wants. She claimed that when the burglar alarm went off at her office she had to “personally check and call an off-duty police officer for assistance.” If she owns a business and the burglar alarm goes off, she’s obligated to “personally check” on that. The Silt PD isn’t Brinks Security. In fact she says the police did respond when called. Evidently Silt does have 24-hour police protection. We just don’t pay for it.



What “it has come to” is this, crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility including business owners, property owners, and the police department. Businesses and property owners are responsible for the security of their own premises, not the police department, and therefore the taxpayers. I don’t expect the police to make sure my home doesn’t get broken into, nor should I blame them if it happens. It’s ridiculous to expect a small town police department to prevent vandalism 24 hours a day seven days a week.

The Silt PD does an excellent job. With so many vulnerable businesses in one area of town, perhaps the Lyons should hire a private security guard to assuage their fears. I’m sure the police department would be happy to cooperate with that arrangement.



Peggy Tibbetts

Silt

You are in luck, stop by your local new domestic car dealer and pick out your new truck. You want to buy at less than cost; we have been doing just that for about the last six months.

I am not sure, however, this can help the automakers avoid collapse. It just doesn’t seem like selling below cost is a very good business model.

I understand the frustration of the middle class. I, too, long for bargains. All we need is for everyone to quit sitting on our hands and go buy one of these bargains before it is too late. If we all did buy what we could afford, we may just prime the economic pump.

The automakers will soon get the financial loan they need to continue operating during an economic downturn, created by the financial sector, (just like the German and Japanese companies are supported by their governments). I am sure sanity will prevail once we all realize how interconnected we are. We will all benefit from a strong domestic manufacturing base.

Maybe you also need to know that although dealers represent and sell their brands, they are not owned by the manufacturer. They are all privately-owned businesses, and are in need of your continued support. These dealerships have been very active in supporting our community.

If you will consider a GMC truck, stop by Berthod Motors and look at stock # 449559 and we will sell it to you for 30 percent off the sticker price.

See you in the showroom.

Steve Damm, sales manager

Berthod Motors


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