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Not Fan of Noon Siren

July 24, 2013 by

One can always tell a “regular” around town at noon when the air raid siren goes off. They do not check their watches. It’s easy to tell a newcomer. They are the people over the age of 70 laying the street gutter adjusting their watches.

Those who are aware avoid the five-block radius of the 140-decibel siren or duck into the nearest place of business at precisely 11:49:30, having previously coordinated their watches to be in sync with the Town of Lakeview. I think someone with a common air-horn should blow a warning horn 20-seconds prior to the air raid siren from rooftop to avoid possible health risks to the unsuspecting shopper below.

Why are watches so undependable to need to be reminded daily of the correct time? Or, is it like the 12 bathroom scales at a major store that I placed on the floor side-by-side and weighed myself. They varied by 12 pounds. I bought the one with the lowest figure. One day I began wondering why the air raid siren is set off at noon every day? If it is to check the system, that’s like turning a flashlight on every few seconds to be sure the batteries are good. Why not wait for an actual emergency when people pay the most attention?

When was the last time we had an air raid? Shouldn’t there be a small signpost along the highway depicting a boy wearing a blue suit and hold a horn so people could be warned? “Warning: This is a time-check town.” Do people know exactly what to do in case of the air raid siren going off any other time? Or, would it have any impact at all? Emergency personnel already have direct communication.

I don’t live in town so I am not subjected to the siren noise nearly as frequently as townspeople. If no one complains about that, then surely no one would object to church bells announcing time to worship God at 11:00 once a week. Now, there’s a good idea.

 David W. Mason

Lakeview

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