My previous letter (Feb. 22) understandably provoked comment from committed Danville police volunteers. Please note that I respect almost anyone who contributes time to a cause. Although my tone was humorous, I did not intend to belittle volunteerism, which is a far better pastime than, say, golf.
That said, I remain unconvinced that this program makes our town "safer" - as the headline claimed. Further, "cost effectiveness" is never measured in hours contributed, since any bureaucracy can create activities that it believes add value; many, however, do not. I question whether these services are necessary, or a good investment of oversight and training time, or better than alternatives. As to parade duty, for example, are the Scouts unavailable?
The article struck a chord with me because I believe Danville should consider downsizing services that are over-provided, including policing. I recently witnessed an officer's deep concern about a Mayflower moving van parked on a side street, in a legal zone, early on a Sunday morning, encroaching some four inches over the white line defining the ample traffic lane. He said he wanted it towed. If he succeeded, he only managed to inconvenience a new resident: Welcome to Danville - your furnishings are in hock! Town leaders would earn my gratitude if they had the fortitude, judgment and discipline to make tough calls on superfluous stuff.
Note to Alamo: Take heed, lest you add another government layer to regulate your little burg - no moving van will be safe!
Tom Fredericks, Danville