Your Views: Don’t destroy homes that a Janesville fire station would protect

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The adage “You can’t fight City Hall” reflects information about the $9.5 million fire station. City Hall perpetuates, “it’s better to beg forgiveness than ask permission.” The council forgets what Lincoln wrote, that government is “for the people, by the people,” not done onto the people.

Still, the city needs a new station in that location. The fire chief, who shares redundantly in meetings, says it’s about “response times” and what we need (“I want”). He’s correct. It’s about community safety. However, the training center and administrative offices don’t add to “response times.” Available land, sans eminent domain, is enough to satisfy a new station and adequate response times.

So, “we need, we want,” new offices and a training center. Then renovate an empty building. Choose and use.

Thomas Paine wrote “Common Sense” before the American Revolution. A point stated, there are situations in society where citizens are exposed to “wrong” so many times that “wrong” is adopted as “right.” The council deciding for the people it serves, without support of the people, isn’t democracy.

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”

Please, for “domestic tranquility,” promotion of the “general welfare” and to “secure the blessing of liberty”—could the council make a common-sense decision “for the people”?

The station is to provide safety to people and their homes. It’s an oxymoron that they would destroy the homes they’re to protect.



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