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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Our Government at Work and Some Real Heroes

Having spent my childhood years growing up in Southern California, I became well acquainted with the annual ritual known as Fire Season. As we would watch the news and see the damage go on and on, we would think about the upcoming flood season when the rains would come and wreak further havoc in the area.

Such was life living in what many felt was a paradise.

One of the things the Los Angeles television stations did well was highlight the truly heroic work the firefighters would do to save property, lives, animals, and nature. Frequently they are working 24 hour days with little or no rest.

This year two of those firefighters, Ted Hall and Arnie Quinones, lost their lives fighting the massive Station Fire, now the largest in Los Angeles history. Currently over 120,000 acres have been burned, much of it within walking distance of crowded residential areas.

So often in life we are pretty cynical about government, frequently calling our government the problem. Here is government at it's best. Hard working men and women, fighting fires, heroes in my book, deserving all of our praise.

So if you are the praying type, pray for the Hall and Quinones families, and the safety of the rest of the folks fighting the fires in So Cal.

(pictures taken from the Los Angeles Times)

Comments on "Our Government at Work and Some Real Heroes"


Blogger James' Muse said ... (10:31 AM) : 

One of my best friends, Sam, is a wildland firefighter. His company just sent him to California to fight those fires this morning. I'm not sure where he'll be stationed, but pray for him.


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (11:32 AM) : 

James, while the Station fire, pictured here is the biggest, there is a newer one in the Yucaipa area growing with the advent of some strong winds .

They are expecting more humidity today, because of the hurricane near Baja, but that will also bring lightning also, another fire starter.

Sam will be in my thoughts and prayers as are all the firefighters.


Blogger Z-man said ... (7:28 AM) : 

It all goes back to my political philosophy and excellent blog btw. The number one purpose of the government is to keep us safe so on this score I agree with everything you've said. It's when they tackle other issues or feel the need to get involved that I have a problem with.


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (8:33 AM) : 

So Z, I am assuming you are seeing these types of involvement as part the charge to provide for the well being.

How do we make the decision as to what is for the well being?

Also, how is it that this type of govt. service seems to be efficient and effective, but others bloated and woefully inefficient?

Or maybe these safety types are just as inefficient as everything else, but we just like them so we are unable to see that inefficiency.


Blogger James' Muse said ... (9:16 AM) : 

Dave, I think that Public Safety can be just as inefficient at the higher levels. I have a brother in law that is a cop in Ohio, I've had a bunch of friends in Law Enforcement, and I'm going into it. Even on my ride-alongs, the police I've been with have talked about the office politics and inefficiency at the higher levels.

But on the street level most cops and firefighters are there to do their job, and are highly efficient. They don't care about the politics; they are there to stop crime and fight fires.

I think it just depends. Once you get to a higher level, there will be corruption and inefficiency, but your average cop, firefighter, or postal worker doesn't have any control over the macro-level of efficiency.


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (10:40 AM) : 

James, would that be the same as say health care? Could we make the argument that doctors and nurses are really concerned people who are caught in a no win situation?


Blogger James' Muse said ... (2:06 PM) : 

I think so, Dave. Most Doctors and Nurses really do care about their patients. They go through decades of schooling and take the Hippocratic Oath. They are there to use their talents & skills for good. But all too often, the health insurance companies will tie their hands.


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