Gloria Schrop: Grand County needs access to public phone service
To the Editor:
A concern of mine has to do with the lack of a very vital service for both tourists and other people passing through Grand County. Every day while I am at my job at a local retail store, there is the same question being asked over and over again: “Where can I find a pay phone or any phone that I can use?”
I used to be able to direct the people to one, but now that is impossible, since all of them have been removed, and there is no knowledge about where phone usage is accessible.
Sure, cell phones are the way to stay connected. But what about the individuals who don’t have one, or the ones whose service doesn’t work up here, which I can say is everyone who doesn’t have Verizon.
Every day I see a lot of people who are anxious and frustrated, not knowing what to do when they find out that they are in a major dead zone.
For instance, one mother, with her 1-year-old got lost and traveled back and forth for eight hours, trying to find her family. All she needed to do was to call her family, but her cell phone would not function up here.
The other day a man and his wife vacationing got a message that the man’s father was in the hospital, possibly dying, and he needed to call ASAP. And for this poor man’s panic, his phone did not work.
If I had a cell phone with me, I would have offered it. If I knew where there was a phone that could be used, I would have shown them the way.
No place to go … no phones. I think the county and/or the towns should come up with something to fill in this gap – to provide an access for tourists and others, a means of communication, or information about where to direct them. Among recreation, restaurants, lodging, shouldn’t we provide this needed service? If there are phones to used, please pass on the information. If not, create some.
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