The Buckeye headline “Full of Hot Air” about the balloon ride might better have been placed with the article containing the excuses for blowing the countywide tornado siren when there were blue skies over Archbold and the unconfirmed threat was far to the east and headed away.
Apparently county officials, who have a policy of sounding the sirens countywide even if the threat is far to the east, have never heard the story of the boy who cried wolf.
I watched people mowing their lawns that evening who, when the sirens blew, paid no attention and kept right on mowing.
There have been far too many instances when these sirens are blown in Archbold when there is zero threat here, and I fear that on the day when there actually is a threat approaching, people will be so conditioned to ignore the sirens that there will be increased injuries.
If we have the technology to blow the sirens by region or by community, then that is how they should be utilized.
Chad D. Baus