Hose down

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Re: your front-page ar­ti­cle in the Aug. 13 edi­tion ti­tled “Fire­fight­ers seek to sue over forced role in ‘gay pride’ pa­rade,” while fire­fight­ers are su­ing over mis­use of their du­ties in the above-men­tioned pa­rade, they ought to in­clude all pa­rades.

My un­der­stand­ing is that fire­fight­ers are em­ployed to fight fires, pro­tect the cit­i­zens from the dan­gers of fires, and other such safety-en­hanc­ing mea­sures. Pa­rades aren’t safety-en­hanc­ing mea­sures. Let the em­ployed pro­fes­sion­als tend to their du­ties. They shouldn’t be ex­pected to be pub­lic re­la­tions em­ploy­ees for the com­mu­ni­ties, un­less that is writ­ten into their con­tracts as spe­cific du­ties. The elected of­fi­cials are the ones to pro­vide pub­lic re­la­tions ac­tiv­i­ties.

I hope the fire­fight­ers win big time against the fire de­part­ment and against the city. It is a wake-up call to stop wast­ing valu­able time and tax­pay­ers’ money for such fool­ish­ness.

Oh, yes. While you’re at it: stop blar­ing the sirens. That is a true dis­tur­bance of the peace. Cyn­thia H. Beard Pa­d­u­cah, Ken­tucky

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