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The Sun letter to the editor: Thanks for the wake-up calls, Hamburg

PUBLIC SERVICE — Village of Hamburg workers are pictured arriving at the Hamburg Public Library, to clear the parking lot of the powder. Photo by Jessie Owen.
Well, it is 6:30 Tuesday morning, and so much for a “long winter’s nap.”

For the second time since 9:30 last night, my phone has rung to tell me the obvious: Hamburg is having a blizzard. If I can’t see the end of my driveway, I am not driving my car out of that driveway!

When the sheriff and town police were entrusted with the emergency roto-dialing system, there were two purposes. One was to ask citizens to help in locating a specific person whose personal safety was at stake and, as a citizen, I was willing to tolerate the intrusion of a personal phone call to my home for the sake of helping that individual.

The second purpose was to tell people about a new and urgent public emergency.

The police phone calls last night and very early this morning did not ask for help finding an individual in personal danger, no did they tell of a new or urgent emergency.

The phone calls last night gave information that for hours had been communicated by radio, TV, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration websites and heaven only know how many apps on personal communication devices.

A wake-up call creates the exact situation it claims it is trying to prevent. By waking up the entire population of the town, people will be going outside a lot earlier than if left in their beds.

Robert Martin

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