Granby cannot make do without proper police staffing
November 18, 2008
To the Editor:
In response to the Web Comment on Nov. 13, this person believes an area that could be cut in our community is “Granby’s cop-shop,” asking if we really need “umtpeen” police officers and cop cars, and fully equipped SWAT team to protect us from unseen (and make-believe) criminals and terrorists? in lieu of cutting back the beautification of Granby.
I agree downtown looks nice ” Betsy Cook has done a great job for the community. But if you want to stimulate our local economy, it comes back to shopping locally. You don’t have to go far to see all the temporary tags on the new vehicles around that tell you where they shopped. Why? When we have a local car dealer right here in Granby. I see Denver furniture trucks up here all the time ” again, why? When we have beautiful furniture stores right here in Granby.
Local business owners are the ones who will have to face you on the street after your purchase. Do you think that any business in Denver cares if you are a repeat customer?
We are all in survival mode right now with times the way they are. As money gets tighter I have had to cut back on what I thought were “must haves” in my life, just like the town of Granby is doing. History shows when times are bad crime goes up. All you have to do is turn on the news and see that.
Is cutting back on our safety a logical way of going about boosting our local economy? If the SWAT team is needed you better hope they are “fully” equipped. Those who fall in the mentality of “it’s not going to happen here” ” nobody thought someone would drive a bulldozer down main street. Need I say more about that, or the attempted robbery at Wells Fargo Bank in Winter Park? How soon we forget that crime happens here too.
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Who will you call on when you need protection, the beautiful flowers in front of your business or the local law enforcement that cares about the community? Law enforcement is not bureaucratic ” it’s public safety. When the economy picks up again so will the “luxuries.” Until then we need to survive.
I feel for Betsy Cook, I would not want to lose my job. But the bottom line here is what is “needed” and what we can “survive” without.