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Car_police1Placing ads in police cars may be the latest fix for helping cash strapped police departments make a little money. But at least one citizen in Littleton, Mass., isn’t happy about it. In a letter to the Littleton Independent, one Steven McDougall of Orchid Drive points out that the businesses in the community will be buying the ads the police department is selling, so the net profit for the community is … zero. A better way to raise money, he says—one that doesn’t compromise the police department—is simply to raise taxes. "I realize that no one wants to hear that," he writes, "but if we don’t have the political will to fund our own police department, then this town is not a going concern: it is not a viable political entity."

—Posted by Mae Anderson