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Op-ed: Leave the fire department alone (by Peter Children)

Well it’s here, the canary has flown it’s cage.  John Skipper’s column today gives credence to what NIT has been saying for months; Fire Department and the Sanitation Department are now on the block. In a previous article I stated that there was $180,000.00 in overtime charges coming from the Fire Department….and then there is the union. We have a wonderful Fire Department here that does a fantastic job……leave it alone.

In his column Skipper talks about these issues using the metaphor of canaries being used to test the ideas.  NIT already did that months ago.  Skipper is the biggest canary this administration has, it is he who is brought behind closed doors at Five East to “test the water” through his column; today he does just that.  He is that canary he speaks of.  These issues are being feebly disguised as a “lean” initiative to save money for the city.  I’ve got news for you; if the city wants to save money ax Trout, Eric and the idea of moving the desk.  Shift Trout to driving a city bus, put Eric’s desk in the first booth in the nearest tavern closest to Five East and get serious with the idea of running this city by voting out the entire lockstep council.

It’s my opinion that Solberg has her hand in this casserole somewhere, especially in the Sanitation end. If a local firm is hired she will write their insurance for certain.  If there are family ties through blood or marriage, then watch out.  No one votes with Eric 100% of the time without some sort of payback.

Whatever you do, do not misjudge John Skipper; he is very bright and extremely talented at what he does.  I figure he draws two paychecks for the same work, one from Lee Enterprises and another from Five East. Anyone who prostitutes themselves should get paid, that’s the way it’s always worked.  John talked about calling your council representative to voice your concerns about the issues he brought forth; I agree, call them and tell them to go back in their room, the food trays are being delivered soon, and Eric will be stopping by with their pills right after that.

Peter Children

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