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Junkers Cry Blues,But Still a Nuisance

Well, you guys gave us one side of the story ("Junkers Blues," News & Features, Nov. 22). There is another one, however, the one you didn't tell:

First of all, it takes quite a bit of distress for CAPS to get involved. There has to be more than just one violation for them to even take it on. So most likely there is an environmental and safety nuisance taking place in concert with utilities and/or business license.

Often, there is no business license at all. They just operate without it. That in itself is illegal and costs us — the taxpayers — money. In addition, they park their (junk) vehicles anywhere they please, often all along the road on public property, which they use as their private parking lots. They dispose of their tires or batteries anywhere they please as well — in the alley, behind someone else's house or just in the trash cans. Or the tires sit next to the trash cans, forever presenting an eyesore. They are also not too picky about trash or keeping some kind of order on their property. It often looks a mess. They also repair cars right there in the street and don't bother to have vehicles registered. In short, all of this has a detrimental effect on the area. But why should the junkyard owner care? After all, he goes home in the evening — out to Hanover or Chester or someplace like that.

Gestapo style? I doubt it. For way too long we have not required anything from these businesses at the expense of everyone else around them. I hardly feel any empathy for the so-called businesses that had to close. Most likely they were not legit in the first place. So you want to sell a "Frankencar"? That is fine. But there are ways to even keep a junkyard somewhat presentable and legal. Many of them are doing neither.

Andrea Steegmayer

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