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Speak Truth to Power

Dear Editor,

I feel that most people want to believe that firefighters, as well as police officers, are “our friends.” It is, therefore, quite alarming to hear a number of Alamedans express fear and concern when it comes to our local Fire Department.

When residents…

* know about the callous act of our firefighters “not lifting a hand” while a despondent Raymond Zack waded to his drowning;
* learn that the firefighters Union has contributed almost $70,000 in the past several years to our City Council members;
* observe Alameda firefighters and their union being the major supporters and contributors to the passage of Measure C: assertively knocking at voter’s doors, running telephone banks, distributing campaign signs; sending $12,000 mailers;
* experience engine and ladder trucks with lights and blaring sirens driving past the homes of known opposition bloggers, without an observable emergency response event;

…it is not hard to understand the intimidation being felt by a number of people.

As the June 5th vote nears, people who oppose Measure C feel particularly vulnerable. Scores of “No on C” signs are being taken from the lawns of private homes. One homeowner reports that four consecutive signs have been stolen from her yard. Another neighbor expressed the fear that firefighters might not be as diligent in responding to an emergency call if they saw a “No on C” sign in front of her home.

What a sad state of affairs…for community members to lose confidence in their public servants! The perception exists that our firefighters’ powerful union has taken over City Hall. The public is not against unions who bargain collectively for members. The public is against the excessive use of that power. The public is not against our civil servants having good salaries and benefits. They are against excessively high salaries/benefits and employees who work only for their own self-interest.

We must not be afraid to “Speak Truth to Power.” Vote NO on C. Inform yourself: www.AlamedaNoOnC.com

— Janet Gibson, Alameda

1 comment to Speak Truth to Power

  • Barbara

    Well put!
    I will vote No on C, and I encourage people of Alameda to vote No on C.
    It is time to stand up for OUR city and save it before it will be destroyed in front of our eyes.
    I love this city, but not dysfunctional Unions and City Council…
    Simply put, people have less and less money to give away anymore…
    Please, Vote NO on C.

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