Fire meeting was a good start
I recently hosted a town meeting about the Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department at the Bridgeport Elementary School. The idea for this meeting was to get the community energized about our fire department.
You know, the basic philosophy of the Marine Corps is that by yourself you can do anything but with like-minded friends and associates, you can do everything.
I hoped we could discuss the problems facing the department and figure out a way to solve them. I also hoped to come up with a plan to do some campaigning to get some more volunteers. It was even a goal to work on ideas to get some grants and funding for equipment and training and just generally come together as a community to make our fire department the best department in the state.
The audience of 29 people was awesome and there were many comments on what the problems facing the department were but not much agreement on how to solve them.
Some people talked about how their jobs kept them from doing the volunteer work they hoped to do; some others said it was time consuming to file for grants and they wanted to find other ways to get money. There were even some who said they didn’t want to do anything because they were upset at all the criticism about the department.
I am disappointed the meeting did not go as I had intended, but I am encouraged by the large turnout. Some of those in attendance were also encouraged by it and there is talk about another meeting in the near future. I think that would be a super idea!
I am convinced that if we can come together as a community and work together, we can have the No. 1 volunteer fire department in the state.
Syria’s not threatening us
The potential military involvement of the U.S. in Syria got me thinking.
On Memorial Day, on the Fourth of July and on Veterans Day we hear how those that have and are serving in the U.S. armed forces are protecting our freedom ,i.e. keeping the U.S. free. That simply is not true.
My brother was in the Navy in the South Pacific in Wold War II. He was fighting countries that had destroyed U.S. property and killed U.S. military and civilian personnel. If we had lost, some U.S. citizens would have lost some freedoms.
That was not the case when my high school buddy, Nick, and I, as Marines, waded ashore at Inchon Harbor, South Korea in September 1950. It was still not the case two months later on a frozen mountain in North Korea when Nick became one of the 36,574 troops killed in Korea.
In 1950 neither North Korea nor China had attacked the U.S. and neither one had the military/economic ability to take away any freedom of any U.S. citizen.
Similarly, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan did not attack the U.S. No U.S. citizens, military or civilian, were killed prior to the U.S. invading those countries. None of these countries had the military/economic ability to take away any freedom of any U.S. citizen.
Yet we so often hear, how our military has protected our freedom. That is not true for any conflict since WWII and those that served in the military since that time were simply, what I call, implementing U.S. foreign policy.
That fact in no way detracts from the honor and appreciation owed to those that have and are serving our country, especially those that died.
However, the question must be asked: Since the freedom of no U.S. citizen was/is at stake, are the millions who served, the over 100,000 that died, and the billions of dollars spent implementing U.S. foreign policy since WWII really worth the cost?
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