Gee -- what a fine and neighborly neighbor you are, gen. Poisonous is more like it. Your tone reveals plenty about you.I dare the various nay-sayers who live in the Bonny Doon area to donate as much as Lockheed has. By all means restrict the donation: SCBA, AEDs, turnout gear, 4x4 bandages if you are a cheap skate. Even better, why don't you put your own hard work and time and energy into becoming a volunteer firefighter?
I wonder if Lockheed has policies that would allow their career employees paid time off to respond to volunteer fire calls and/or participate in fire trainings. That would help with the biggest issue for a volunteer department, which is daytime responders.
If you don't live in Bonny Doon, what do you care for? It takes a child to raze a village ...
It is possible to support and value, and adore, and be grateful to the BD Volunteer Fire Team, and yet disagree with the Board's effort to establish an independent district. My suggestion is that a legal fund be established,**entirely separate**(not just on paper) from the fund that supports the team. That way, people can donate knowing that their contribution is not funding an effort they do not endorse.
BTW, the PayPal donation link on the fire team's Web site has been disabled for some reason.