Excerpt with permission of blog posted at pipenozzle.com
Firehouse.com reprinted a New London Day article reporting that Poquonnock Bridge Fire District czar Alan Ackley wants to take PBFD into the future by returning to the past, a vague romanticized past where PBFD property owners were protected by volunteer firefighters. You might ask him to first read “Seven Two” by Barry Roberts Greer, a former PBFD firefighter who served as both paid and volunteer in the 1970s. Ackley and the PBFD taxpayers will get a detailed portrait of the reality of firefighting back then. Ackley, in other words, thinks he could save a bundle on his property taxes if PBFD went back the future, but his stupidity about both past and future is easy to expose.
1. First, the issue is money and only money. “Seven Two” has a pennywise and pound foolish character just like Ackley, who, like a lot of other rightwingnut politicians around the country, still hopes to use the leverage of a recession that ended to cut local services to cut their own taxes–and the hell with how that affects public safety. ...
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