Tuesday, October 05, 2010


Firefighters watch as home burns to the ground

I've been thinking about this story a lot. It's sort of become one of those things that plays on a continuous loop in the back of my mind, jumping out when I'm not thinking about other things.
How do firefighters allow a home to burn? I just don't understand it. I am incapable of being able to come up with any sort of acceptance for this. I just can't.
I don't know, maybe it's because I live in fire prone area. Or maybe it's because my branch is next door to a fire station. I do know that the men who I see every day would never have done that. They would have put that fire out, fee or no fee.

But here's another thing that has been preying on my mind. The firemen live in the same community as those of the man and his family. They come into contact with them all the time.
How do you live with yourself, when your direct inaction caused major harm? Do you not have a conscience? And what if someone had been injured or killed? After all, the homeowner was willing to pay right then. And the fire chief refused. What if someone was injured?
People keep telling me that this is what Libertarians want. Maybe.
Doesn't mean I have to look at it as acceptable.


Demeur said...

A bit off topic I know but how is the funding for parks and libraries going down there? They've cut back up here and I'm afraid of what next year is going to look like.

shayera said...

I'm sorry it's taken me so long to reply. Things here are very very busy. Our budget has taken a pretty massive hit, actually. We had layoffs and a bunch of hours cut. My branch has lost 25% of our staff.
Between work and election season, this year has been been madness.