Posted in the Helotes Forum
Since: Feb 07
#1 Feb 9, 2007
DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT TYPE OF LONG TERM AFFECT THIS FIRE WILL HAVE UPON OUR HEALTH, HOMES, AND ENVIRONMENT? I'M ASTHMATIC WITH SEVERE ALLERGIES AND HAVE SPENT MANY NIGHTS UNABLE TO SLEEP DUE TO COUGHING. THE SMELL IN ITSELF HAS BECOME TOXIC TO ME. HARD TO BELIEVE BUT I CAN EVEN TASTE THE SMOKE. AND NOW DUE TO THE COUGHING MY BACK HAS GONE OUT. I'M CURRENTLY IN PHYSICAL THERAPY TO RECOVER FROM MY BACK. HOW I HOPE THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR SETTING THE FIRE IN THE FIRST PLACE FEELS REGRETFUL FOR THEIR ACTIONS. AND HOW I PRAY THAT OUR CHILDREN WILL NOT SUFFER YEARS DOWN THE ROAD DUE TO THIS HORRIBLE FIRE.
#2 Feb 9, 2007
This thing has turned into a major clusterflop. Homeland Security is now even involved. They've "seized" control of the firefighting effort. Too many government agencies and bureaucracies finding reasons to stall and delay. Too many chiefs and not enough indians. This non-action is getting old. The owner of the pile would probably have had it extinguished by now, if the government types hadn't intervened. He should be held responsible for letting the pile get out of hand, but he was making the most progess in fighting the fire.
Helotes is becoming even more of a laughing stock now. The previous strip center fire showed that the water supply is inadequate in Helotes. The City Council is trying to block SAWS and Economic Develpment Committee efforts to upgrade the water system to Old town Helotes and down Scenic Loop Rd. These "Progressive" types are anything but progressive. I'm sure every member of the City Council has SAWS water and sewer to their homes, but are fighting efforts for the business's of Old Town and the residents on Scenic Loop Rd. to get the same modern city services as most everyone else. They can disguise their tactics, but it's all to simply retard any possibility of any development. Where is plain old common sense? I guess a fire in Old Town wouldn't open their eyes, either. What's it going to take? I want to see some results, not listen to more talking and stalling.
#3 Feb 13, 2007
Yes,you are absolutely right, talk no action. Helotes needed help quicker due to possible long term respiratory effects to our children and others. Those already with breathing problems have been compromized with increased respiratory problems, many leaving the area for extended periods of time with no financial relief due to a disaster they had no control over. Once again I do ask who is resposible for the health of the community of Helotes?
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