Monday, October 15, 2012
My wife and I had coffee and a very long conversation with a friend and well-known member of our community this past weekend. He told me things that were contrary (from the point of view of most people presently signing the Crowsnest Ratepayers Association petition in our community) with respect to supporting our firefighters against our municipal government. He candidly sided with mayor, council and administration against our fire department. Specifically, against the Blairmore Fire Department (BFD) and Ratepayers, who are advocating, in part, on their behalf.
Without going into the whole nitty-gritty he basically said he and many of his friends and associates agree with most of council's actions, particularly with respect to the firefighters. That they are a clickish group, afraid of losing power, made up mostly of Masons who have been running this town for their own benefit for far to long, and needed to be put in their place. And Kudos to Decoux for having the guts for doing so. That in essence is the sum of it.
He didn't necessarily agree with all other aspects of how we are being managed with respect to many of the other grievances the Ratepayers are standing up for on behalf of residents here, but on the fire department he was. In general, he thought this council was tackling tough issues that were long overdue and he and his friends/associates supported them for doing so... including taking on the fire department.
Whether right or wrong, I believe his voice needs to be heard and in this regard I open the floor to those who want to have their say on this matter, as well. I do this mainly because there does not appear to be any other on-line forum willing to have this discussion. Most are either heavily censored, or openly one-sided on this issue, or won't touch it with a ten-foot pole.
The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth.