I live in a farmhouse immediately west of the Carbondale Community School. While ditch burning, an overhanging juniper tree ignited and was consumed by fire within seconds. The fire department told me that morning to have water (a hose) available and to call if I needed assistance. We put the fire out, and 911 calls brought the Carbondale police, Garfield County Sheriff and the fire department, which quickly had the situation under control.
Meanwhile, a parent dropping off children was so upset by what she saw that she began yelling at the firemen. She called a newspaper, and a reporter was sent to record her distress. The resulting article was so filled with misinformation that I called the reporter and requested a follow-up article. “No need for that,” was the reply.
Herewith my follow-up: Prior to the igniting of the juniper we had burned ditches on neighboring property with considerable ditch still to burn.
I wonder if the upset parent is aware of the whole ditch burning need and rationale. She was quoted as saying, “You don’t need to burn this stuff, this is something that could have been done with a lawn mower and some garden gloves. In a residential area like this … we need to use a little common sense.” Calling this a residential area is a bit of a stretch with industry and open fields surrounding.
While the fire chief sympathizes with the upset parent, I sympathize with the firemen who have to put up with these kinds of people while fighting fires at the same time.
There was no mention in the newspaper that I called the fire department that morning and was given permission to burn ditches, and now because of the actions of the upset parent, I am prohibited from burning ditches.
I therefore request said parent stop by with her gardening gloves and clear about 1,000 feet of ditch. Perhaps her “common sense” can come up with a better way to clean the ditches. My common sense tells me that if the ditches can’t deliver water to the trees and other growth by August we’ll have potential fires that will make my burning juniper look like a weenie roast.
Being a fan of going to the theater to see movies, I hated to see the Mall 3 Theaters close. I can understand, however, why their business dropped off to a point that made closing necessary. It had become a health hazard to take your family to the movies. The restrooms were filthy with overflowing toilets, the floors and seats in the theaters were dirty and foul-smelling, and the refreshment stand was maintained to the same standard.
We quit going there as did many other families who didn’t want to pay money to spend time in those conditions. This type of business obviously presents a challenge to maintain, but owners must accept that challenge as a requirement of the job.
Hopefully, the rest of the theaters will take the hint and step up their maintenance to make a night at the movies a fun activity.
I am wondering if anyone else sees the two hats Garfield County Commissioner Tresi Houpt wears as a conflict of interest. Under one hat she works for a Gov. Ritter panel, trying to eliminate the employers of her constituents back here at the county level.
Seems rather obvious that under the other hat she then is not supportive of Garfield County citizens who elected her in their efforts to earn an honest living.
That is very worrisome to me.
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