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May 10, 2013

In Our Opinion: Cellphone alert system can only help

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“Certainly, during the summer, we have a huge influx of tourists here,” Devlin said.

And that is where the current methods have the largest shortfall. People who aren’t from the area likely won’t know how to sign up for local alerts.

We also don’t understand one of the arguments against this program.

Several representatives, including Board Chairwoman Kathleen Clark, R-Otego, said they were concerned that the new alert would duplicate efforts of NY-Alert.

We feel it’s better to alert someone several times about a dangerous situation than not at all.

And we know the cellphone system won’t get everyone. Cellphone coverage is spotty at best in many areas, but this system certainly will help some who may not otherwise get the message.

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