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Letter: Too much information

Posted: June 30, 2011 - 9:43pm

Nevertheless a new issue has come to the forefront of my concerns. That issue is the change in the “Police and Fire” column published on page 2 of the paper. For almost a month now (more or less) the column has included the numerous calls to the Rescue or EMT/Ambulance calls. These reports have included many responses to persons who had abdominal pains, weakness, shortness of breath, vomiting, disorientation and slips and falls. Most are reports of private citizens being transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital for evaluation. Some involve transportation to the Juneau Airport from Bartlett, I assume to seek further medical care or transport home.

Are these reports necessary to the welfare of the people involved? Do they advise the public of specific neighborhood transgressions that would remind us to lock our doors, or to watch for a string of vandalism or automobile rifling?

I believe I represent an average citizen of Juneau and I have no need to know how often Capital City Fire and Rescue makes routine runs to assist people with medical situations.

As a matter of fact I would consider it an invasion of my privacy were the Empire to publish an occurrence where the CCFR might respond to my house should I fall off a ladder cleaning my gutters or dusting my ceiling fan.

While no names are published this is a small community.

It does not take long to connect an ambulance run to your block on Monday afternoon around 4:00 with the report that we now read in the Empire on Tuesday morning.

I encourage the editor and publisher of the Empire to reexamine this new reporting procedure.

The previous reports of fires, accident rescues, or incidences out of the ordinary that have been printed for the past few years or so was enough, and perhaps more than we have the right to know. The current version leaves a lot to be misinterpreted or misconstrued.

I am as curious as the next person, and yes, I do look to see where the ambulance or fire truck is if it is in my neighborhood. But I stop my pursuit of information there.

Our society has enough opportunities via Facebook, Twitter, and the usual neighborhood gossip for those of us who might enjoy being the occasional neighborhood voyeur without adding these CCFR runs to the public information column.

If the editor or publisher feel that this is information that benefits the community I would like to read their response on the editorial page. Or if there are citizens who agree or disagree, let your voice be heard as well.

• Poole is a resident of Juneau.

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