To the Times of Ti:
Last week Dick Holroyd wrote a letter to the editor in the Times of Ti. The letter was a classic example of someone who twists the facts and makes assumptions to deceive the citizens of Ticonderoga. Shame on you Mr. Holroyd. This letter is written in response to right several wrongs and to set the record straight.
Mr. Holroyd brings up three issues in his letter; Abolishing the police department, eminent domain proceedings and health benefits for town board members. But due to space constraints, we will address the police issue in this letter and in the very near future rebut both the other issues.
There are two types of communities, those that are standing still and those which are improving. We happen to believe that we are the latter. Throughout the course of a day we receive phone calls from businesses and perspective residents looking to locate in Ticonderoga. The three questions they ask are (1) Do we have a hospital, (2) do we have a municipal police force and (3) do we have a strong school system? We can proudly state yes to each question. Having a municipal police force also helps us on our application when applying for grants.
Your statement, Mr. Holroyd, that either the state police or sheriff will protect the community is a deception of the greatest proportion. State law does require the state police to provide protection, but it does not state how long a complainant might wait for a response. We have talked to authorities at the state police headquarters and they told us in no uncertain terms would they consider placing a barracks in Ticonderoga in the near future and there would be no commitment made for the long term. That means our citizens would have to rely on road patrols. If a call comes in and a state trooper was in the area the response time might be reasonable. However, if he was not in the area the response time could be up to an hour. If the trooper was on an earlier call the time could even be more delayed. As far as the sheriff patrol we know the road patrol has been curtailed considerably.
Mr. Holroyd, what value do you place on human life? Are you aware that our police officers carry a defibrillator in their police cars and are trained in its use? Patrolling 24/7/365 our police force, in most cases, are the first to the scene whether it is a personal injury, fire or a 911 call from a resident in need. Yes, the police force is a costly item but tell that to the parents of the young man who was recently saved during a devastating residential fire. Having local protection allows its residents peace of mind. That security is comforting to many people and allows us a quality of life. It is a shame, Mr. Holroyd, you dont understand that.
Finally if you are so bent on abolishing the police department you should run for the town board. Your platform issue would be clear, do away with our police force. Youd find out just how unpopular your opinions really are. By the way, please inform us as to the towns without a police force with population of 30,000-40,000.
The more you talk and the more you write the more we find ourselves pitying you. How can one person be so totally negative? If you were not complaining about the issues you raised in your letter than you would be complaining about Fort Ticonderoga or the DEC boat launch site, or else whining about the amount of money we are spending on our public library or our youth programs as you did last year. We think we will start praying for you in church. Maybe that will help. We can only hope you find help someplace.
At least now in the words of Paul Harvey, the residents know the rest of the story.
Supervisor Robert C. Dedrick
Councilman Steve Whitford
Councilman Wayne Taylor
Councilman Robert Thatcher
Councilwoman Dorcey Crammond