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Smokin’ deal for firefighters

I just finished reading the article about the firefighters and the city of Spokane coming to an agreement. What stood out was the quote by Mike Fagan, a City Council member. He said, “It’s like, ‘Cry me a river’ … We all make choices in life.”

I could not agree more! I understand that it can be a dangerous job. The benefits they receive for doing their job are incredible; so many people in the working world, including myself, don’t have that luxury.

I work part time for just a bit over minimum wage at an independent-living facility. I enjoy my job very much, and it was my choice to do this. I’m 52 and have no health insurance. The firefighters for this great city are getting 100 percent of their health insurance premiums paid.

It’s too bad that the rest of us, so many people in this country, don’t deserve the same. After all, we all make choices.

Natalie Gibb



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