Notes from the Editor: Left, Right And Center

Aug. 2, 2018
Offer services that worked in the past but be able to change with the times as public demands require

Politics in this country has become deeply divided between left wing and right wing ideologies. Left wingers usually advocate some types of changes which they see as providing better opportunities for all. Right wingers usually are more likely to advocate the belief that whatever worked in the past should continue to work in the future. A Moderate politician is open to discussion and suggestion and willing to adjust their opinion. Moderates are hard to find these days.

There are several websites on the internet which I turn to periodically to catch the pulse of the industry. One such site contains the following definition of a locksmith. "A locksmith is a person who works with locks, keys and security systems. Locksmiths will provide services for gaining entry to locked car or house or any other lock, replacing locks when a lock fails or recovering key when a key is lost or extracting snapped or broken keys from existing locks."

Twenty five years ago the February, 1992 Locksmith Ledger issue published an article called, "What is a Locksmith?" The definition was written by a Locksmith Association. Excerpts from the article include:

*Evaluates and Advises on physical and electronic security needs.

*Installs, repairs or services locking devices, safes, door closers plus access and egress controls

*Sells and installs lock hardware for the handicapped

*Originates and duplicates keys

*Opens locks when keys are lost or locks are damaged

*Opens autos when keys are locked inside

In terms of political vernacular, I would rate the internet website as right wing. They are primarily concentrating on what worked for locksmiths in the past. The locksmith association from twenty five years ago could be rated as moderate, at least attempting to merge what worked in the past with what will work in the future.

A questionnaire was recently sent to locksmith distributors which asked questions about what support they offer for new security product technologies on the market. Answers will be published in or September issue.

My view is that successful locksmiths of today should be concentrating in the moderate to left wing range. Offer services that worked in the past but be able to change with the times as public demands require. What do you think?