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Updated: February 4, 2013 6:14AM



Gary Fire Department needs change, but no cuts to staff

I wholeheartedly understand what Gary Fire Chief Teresa Everett is trying to
do, as the Fire Department needs restructuring.

But the process should be equitable across all the ranks within the Fire EMS Division, and not only at the expense and hardship of civilian Gary Fire EMTs, who have sacrificed to keep the Gary Fire EMS productive.

I would think the city administration and members of the City Council would be compelled to sustain, and keep all of our public safety jobs, especially where pubic safety is significant in the wake of the events and afflictions within this city.

I would like to believe that the city administration and council members are capable enough to come up with a better solution, as it seems they do not want to accept any advice or input from any of the labor unions.

This administration is blatantly disregarding suitable solutions from the labor unions and is becoming like Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, not welcoming any compromise, input or better solutions.

We need all of our first responders!

Bruce D. Gregory

Gary

Fox news not the best source for what’s really happening

People who watch Fox News resent being referred to as ignorant.

However, a 2011 study of New Jersey residents by Fairleigh Dickinson University showed that for two objective facts concerning Middle East news, whether the governments of Egypt and Syria had been overthrown, Fox News watchers were wrong more often than people who watched no news at all.

Further, in the noted case of New World Communications of Tampa Inc. vs. Jane Akre, the Fox affiliate argued in court it had a constitutional right to lie.

Both of these are anecdotes, rather than proof positive of what Fox is. However, the constant Fox drumbeat is, it is only one reporting this story or that because of some vast conspiracy mounted across every other news organization.

U.S. news and U.S. politics are covered by news outlets worldwide. As with the recent 40-year anniversary of the first picture taken of Earth, the best way to get a good snapshot of U.S. politics is to look at it from a point of view as far away as possible.

Even if NBC or even Reuters had some reason to collude with the Obama administration regarding what stories it carried, it is difficult to imagine that the BBC or the Financial Times Deutschland would have the same motivation.

Though an individual news organization can be the first to “break” a story, if it is a real story, it eventually gets picked up by other news agencies.

The fact no one is picking up on the Fox narrative about Benghazi could be the global “lamestream media” colluding again or it could be Fox exercising its constitutional right to lie.

Norman E. Hairston

Gary



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