Letters to the Editor: September 8 – 14, 2011


Don’t Advertise Your Empty Home On-Line



Stop inviting burglars to ransack your home.

As we know, our latest social networks like most tools can be used for good and / or nefarious purposes. Facebook has a popular application, which invites groups to social events, and then asks if you will be participating.

A problem with this, is, the second you’ve confirmed that you intend to be present at some special event; you may have alerted a miscreant that your house will be unattended for some time.

When many travelers leave for vacation they take simple precautions such as locking doors and windows, securing burglar alarms, adjusting lights with timers, and canceling newspaper and postal delivery. It may not have occurred to some of these same wise souls that by advertising the fact they will be gone, they’ve taken the guesswork away from potential robbers.

We haven’t reached the age yet, where it’s become unstylish to send old fashioned R.S.V.P.’s via mail or over the phone. Depending on your circumstances, it might be wise to hesitate confirming through an online social network easily penetrated by strangers that you plan to be away from your house for an extended period.

Jim Banholzer

Ketchun, Idaho

Thanks News-Press for Upbeat News Coverage


The September 1 -7, 2011 issue of the News-Press was refreshingly up-beat.

The editorials/op-eds were largely life affirming. Even the hurricane destruction news focused on efforts toward recovery.

Thanks for glimmers of light in this world of darkness.

Peyton Palmore





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