Letters to the Editor

Fire district shows good stewardship

Are you old enough to remember when people paid cash for just about everything? There was a time not so long ago when workers actually cashed their paychecks, got their money in hand, and paid the grocer, the phone company, the gas station, the landlord or the mortgage holder, etc. with cold hard cash. And they saved any extra. If they needed a new coat or even a new car, they saved their money until they could pay for it. The house might have a mortgage but almost anything else was paid for in cash.

Well, those are concepts that are foreign to most of today’s generation as evidenced by the editorial in Wednesday’s Whidbey News-Times titled, “Fire district must be careful.” According to the editorial, the fire district has “a lot of explaining to do” because they have dared to save $2.8 million to help pay for new vehicles and buildings. When almost every other government entity is struggling to make ends meet and begging for more money, how dare the fire district actually have saved some through prudent budgeting and investing?

And why do they have an (elected by the public) board of commissioners to run the district when they could instead ask for input from the public every time they want to buy a new fire engine or build a new building? Waiting for public approval would only delay the process and then the Mazda building might be sold to someone else.

As the editorial pointed out, “There has long been talk of the need for an improved fire district headquarters,” so why, Mr. Editor, are you now questioning the need for one? The Mazda building could cost less than starting from scratch and certainly will be ready for occupancy sooner. Makes no sense to me to elect officials and then expect oversight into everything they do. I just don’t see an issue here.

The fire district has been a good steward in the past of our tax dollars and they have kept us informed of their plans. We shouldn’t be making their job more difficult by second guessing their every move.

Pat Ricketts

Oak Harbor

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