Phew! Thank goodness that we are paying firefighters and police as much as we are. And that we continually give them more money via tax increases.
Otherwise, we wouldn’t have enough of them to respond to such high-risk situations as this one.
We understand that a sudden, all-out attack from the homeless nazis that have been congregating in Eureka over the past few years is an ever-present threat, but did we really need a full security detail to show the St. Bernard’s football team out of town? (By the way – good luck down in SoCal, Crusaders!)
We are sorely tempted to remind you folks that a constant rallying cry from local emergency response groups is that under-staffing and resources stretched to the point of collapse is a concern that should be at the forefront of all Humboldt citizens’ minds. Remember how Humboldt Fire shut down Station 4, even after we gave them a huge boost in tax dollars, because they simply didn’t have enough hands on deck to cover the area?
In football parlance, we’d perhaps throw out a little yellow flag for Illegal and Excessive Use of Assets. Of course, we are just as worthy of an Illegal Use of the Hands penalization, seeing as how we just slapped ourselves on the foreheads in disbelief.
In the end, all we can do is laugh – that’s the only thing THC can resort to when we’ve been repeatedly lied to, and then have the proof that things just aren’t as bad for fire and police services as they’d wish you to believe paraded around town.
Fortunately for the fire associations, who had the most recent attempt at a tax grab go down in flames, there is always next year.
And you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll be seeing another tax initiative to support this kind of waste in 2016, too.