> differentviewthanyou wrote:
> maybe the fact that a police presence in Winthrop is obviously not needed qualifies it as a great small town.
Right, and no one every dies unattended in Winthrop which requires a police presence. Glad everyone in Winthrop is immortal or plans to leave town when they kick the bucket, commit suicide etc.
Or the next wildfire approaches Winthrop. To bad no one was available to warn you to evacuate as the fire approached. Almost burned you up 2 years ago when Twin Lakes subdivision was in the crosshairs of the fire. Luckily no one was hurt and enough air resources were already in the valley they stopped the fire before it reached Winthrop. But the threat was there.
People sleep well at night thinking they are safe until a serial killer comes to town. I worked in LE for over 20 years and we had several come to the capital city of Alaska who killed local people before we caught them and locked them up.
Crime never needs fighting till it arrives on your doorstep. At your vehicle door, while you are shopping. Granted crime is fairly low in the valley but it only takes one nut case to spoil the crime free streak and shock folks back to reality that there are some really BAD people out and about.
We down valley will try to keep all our crack addicts, meatheads and crazy folks down here so as not to disturb the crime free Winthrop area.