Skaneateles' dispatch is something very rare today. It's a caring, human voice to speak with in a world of confusing, electronic-driven, hurried-up communication. It is a voice that always has the answers or the ability to get help, even coordinated help, at its fingertips. The voice sometimes even calls back with more help.
I guess the best way to term the dispatch is to call it a "service," which in today's world is rare indeed.
Is this what Nick Pirro meant? Skaneateles thinks it needs better service than 911?
What I think is that with the information highway, we have this feeling that Skaneateles is no longer a rural community in the southwestern most corner of the county. But consider that over the last 50 years while everything has been speeding up, speed limits on the roads haven't and we are still using motorized vehicles for transportation.
I know the dispatch service is a line item on our village and town budgets, but it is one I am thankful for. As taxes are skyrocketing, do we really want less service?
On this Thanksgiving 2006, thank you to all who have populated our dispatch center over the years. You really make a difference.
Ellen Leahy is the editor of the Skaneateles Press and the Marcellus Observer.