Letter to the Editor: Strasburg needs new businesses

Editor:

In response to the negative criticism about the proposed asphalt plant wishing to locate near our town I wish to throw my two cents in.

I firmly believe the following are facts. Visit the asphalt plant near the lime plant in Oranda. You smell no odor, hear no noise or see large amounts of smoke. Many years ago this was not true, but today it’s a different story.

This is a fact: Strasburg has a reputation of being anti-business. Ask any business that has tried or is in business. Don’t get me wrong, the people in Strasburg have been good to us for almost 40 years but try to start and there are more hoops to jump through now. By all means welcome this business. Look at the revenue it will create. We certainly need that.

Suppose this company was your client and you insured them.  I cannot imagine the cost of insurance on the business, the trucks, the equipment, workers’ comp, and the list goes on and on. Look at the fuel they buy. Look at the employees’ taxes and maybe they will have insurance as well. There is no end to the revenue they create. Suppose a denial would make them move to another area. Lost client. Please Strasburg, do not deny this business – show us you care about our town and its future.

This is a true story. A few years ago the asphalt plant wanted to start up in Oranda. A man lived near it and was all up in arms over pollution it would create. A few days after his protest he brought his car in for me to work on it. I told him it needed a catalytic converter and gave him the cost.  His reply: “Why don’t you take the guts out of the converter instead of replacing it?”  My response: “That is a federal offense and adds to pollution and a fine of up to $10,000 for me.”  It depends on which side of the fence you are on. I don’t know the outcome. He left unhappy.

We need more business in Strasburg

Earl Cutlip, Strasburg