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Public services do not fall from sky

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I voted for Measure E, prepared to pay $40 a year for our continued safety. Amazingly, 60 percent of our district voted to keep the equivalent of a few visits to a coffee shop in their pocket. Now the piper is due and the Ophir Fire Station is doomed unless the district can beg FEMA to rescue it. If not, we will have to rely on services from distant stations to preserve our safety from fire and to help if there are medical emergencies. As I look out across the valley I can see some 25 country properties, each sitting in a swath of golden tinder brush. I guess some 15 of the owners must clearly live in Cloud Cuckoo Land, a happy place where vital public services condense out of thin air and there are no consequences for failing to meet your obligations to the welfare of society. It seems to me that a local fire district is the ideal test case both for those who believe society should share in its welfare and for those who think that citizens should be responsible at the community level. Pass the station by day and there are no Corvettes in the parking spots. Go by at night and there is a lonely light in the back where a hard-working person waits for an emergency. It’s a sad day, it really is. John Sisson, Newcastle