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Police, fire bashed again

Here we go, again. Another unsigned editorial (Nov. 11) slamming police and fire.

It began about the mayor’s salary, but quickly morphed into another rant about police and fire. The editorial, as usual, didn’t supply any facts, only innuendo.

This is something that seems to happen quite frequently. I was told I needed to provide facts for a letter that I submitted to the editor. Too bad the same standard isn’t used with the editorial staff.

Some readers don’t know that the paper can lie or distort facts to support their position. The history of this paper speaking against police and fire goes way back. Reading articles in The Spokesman-Review’s “From Our Archives 100 Years Ago,” we see things haven’t changed.

In 1914, the paper was against firefighters having one day off. At the time, they were working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They were also against an eight-hour workday for women and children. Go figure.

Do police officers and firefighters make a fair wage for protecting the citizens and putting their lives on the line every call they respond to? I would say yes, finally.

Doug Bacon


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