The firefighter's wives thread was closed after the OP threw a shot at those who did agree with his sugary, saccharine sweet opinion. 

From the last post by the OP....
<b><i>I must say I am disappointed in the attitudes and methods some of our brother and sister firefighters have chosen to use in "participation" of our well-meaning post.

By utilizing acerbic verbiage and antagonistic tone, they show they care not about those who may hold opinions differing from their own. but rather focus on how best to demonstrate their combustible intolerance and inability to accept and move on.

There is a larger story here. These brothers and sisters have axes to grind from previous run-ins and are only too eager to use your discussion posts as their grinders. They thrive on spending an inordinate amount of time scouring your well-meaning posts for targets and pounce to fulfill their childish needs.

Pitiful, sad, and uncharacteristic of true brothers and sisters who share valuable insight in an effort to become better at what we do.  </b></i>

You gotta love the irony in the underlined section...

The fact is... firefighters tend to have a high divorce rate. There is no ifs, ands or buts about that... on my group alone, there are 6 who are divorced (one of them twice) and another that ended a long term relationship. I went though a period in the late 1980's where I was standing at the intersection of Separation Road and Divorce Drive. Luckily, my wife and I were able to work it out.

Some firefighters have to work 2 jobs or more if they want to put their kids through college or move to a nicer neighborhood. Working OT and a second job does take its toll on family life... especially when the spouse complains about the firefighter not being home often enough but can't wait until the checks are deposited in the accounts on payday.

That, brothers and sisters, is the stark reality of some of us face... if people  want to look at the world through the rose colored glasses.. they may find themselves blindsided by reality someday. By offering differing opinions... the "axe grinders" ARE sharing valuable insight to become better spouses and parents.

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And with Art's artful reply, this thread is closed.

There are a few rules to abide by here

a) Personal attacks have no place here. If you see it, report it. If you reply in kind to an attack -- real or perceived, you're treated just as the original offender.
b) User can close or delete a discussion. Part of that is a software issue we cannot control. We prefer they not be deleted, but closing is an option. They don't need to be lambasted for doing so. Move on to any of the other countless discussions.
c) Hijacking a thread to take it in a different (or especially negative) direction isn't acceptable either. Not sure in this case there was even time for hijacking to occur before the discussion turned about the intention of the post, rather than the topic itself. Again, report problems. If your only intent here is to take threads in your own direction and use them for your own purposes, as Ron rightly indicates happens a bit too much, don't be surprised if your account one day disappears without warning if it goes too far.

And lastly, Art's last line says it all. If you prefer picking fights or riling people up than participating in good discussion, leave.

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