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