Sequestration issue could reveal true nature of the president
Days before the president’s sequestration impacts, has he been sitting down with the Republicans to negotiate a compromise? No! In fact, if he’s not golfing, he’s spending time campaigning to tell America that Armageddon is coming if these cuts go into affect.
The president needs to step up and act as the chief administrator of this country rather than the ideologue-in-chief and begin to hold talks with the loyal opposition and work toward a resolution of the ills of the country.
If sequestration does occur and the president chooses to cut services that impact public welfare and public safety, rather than finding non-essential areas that could be cut, then we have seen the true mettle of this man.
He will be showing the American people that his ideology has priority, even if, to prove his point, the American people must suffer.
Firefighters receive more than just a pat on the back
On Feb. 21, the Fort Hunter Fire Department was called out for a structure fire at 4 a.m. Many companies were called out to assist.
At 6 a.m. I offered to get coffee and doughnuts at Stewart’s on Route 5S. After being out in the cold for so long, the first thing I did was order a cup of coffee for myself, then I ordered three boxes of coffee for the firemen. While I was waiting, a gentleman noticed me in my turnout gear and asked where the fire was. He explained he had just gotten off work at Beech-Nut and commented on how cold it was out and said: “Thank God for the volunteer firemen.”
As the gentleman was leaving Stewart’s, the cashier yelled over to me: “Hey, that man bought your coffee.” To my surprise he had bought my coffee as well as the three boxes for the firemen. Thank you to this considerate man for his kind gesture to the area firemen. Beech-Nut should consider themselves lucky to have such a great employee.
The Fort Hunter Fire District wishes to thank all departments and firemen that responded. It was a great save.
The writer is chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners.