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Chico, CA

Fire burns garage, damages pickup; pet rabbit rescued

Holly, there's certain participants on this forum (namely Joel Castle) who take great pride in impersonating other members of this forum (such as myself). Granted his vocabulary is getting better, so I won't give him too hard a time. I don't work for Chico Fire as some would have you believe - I simply live in this town, pay my taxes, and would like to know that the fire station nearest me (Station 6) stays open despite the budget constraints. It's important to me and the people who live in this neighborhood. Holly, Good to hear that Maxx is doing well though, the smoke didn't treat him to harsh? One of my better friends is named Maxx. I consider him a part of my family, like many of the people close to me. I grew up around dogs and I understand what it means to be around a friend you've known for years. I'm hoping that your current hardship passes soon.  (Apr 15, 2009 | post #3)

Chico, CA

Letter: Single-payer option looks goodA

I'm sorry Juanita, but you're wrong. The entire point of single-payer health care is to get the thousands of insurers out of medicine. To get rid of the overwhelming bureaucracy of the insurance companies who spend somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of your premium on everything but your medical care and wellbeing. Our health care system is outperformed by countries who spend half of what we do. A little common sense reform is a good idea.  (Apr 12, 2009 | post #2)

Chico Enterprise-Record

Letter: Get fluoride out of water supply

Bigfoot told him?  (Apr 9, 2009 | post #26)

Chico Enterprise-Record

Letter: Get fluoride out of water supply

Way to try to pull that one out of thin air. If there's some defining characteristic to conservatives and libertarians it's in their rejection of mainstream science. "Biology says humans are evolved but the Bible says otherwise!", "Climate research says human CO2 and CH4 emissions are causing global warming but the guy at Exxon says otherwise!", "Dentists say water fluoridation has positive benefits, but this crazy looking website says it's awful! Oh, and I remember some movie explaining that it was a Communist plot!" It happens time and time again; they take something that has a broad-based scientific consensus and argue against it in a circular and juvenile fashion. If you're interested in the value of this, I'd suggest reading Gorgias (written by Plato), but I can bet you'd imagine that Plato thought poorly of the art of rhetoric when it wasn't tied to an actual understanding of the subject.  (Apr 9, 2009 | post #25)

Chico Enterprise-Record

Letter: Don't be intimidated by the left

Loretta, this fear-mongering is lame and tired. Geithner has not suggested replacing the US dollar even once - liars repeat that kind of nonsense. Geithner's stated that he's open to the use of SDR's (an index of dollars, euros, sterling, and yen - not a new currency) in reserves. China wants that to happen as they realize they're in a dollar trap and are strangled by historically awful investments. Like many prominent economists (such as Nobel Prize-winning Paul Krugman) have suggested, nationalized the banks is really our last option if the current round of monetary and fiscal policy doesn't have the desired outcome. The lies are old and boring now. PS: What's up with Republicans deserting the Presidents they elect as soon as the term is over? I still support Clinton; the man did great things for this country. But you Republicans don't have the guts to elect a guy and stand behind your decision four years later. It's embarrassing. It's like you don't have a clue - you get snowed by feel-good rhetoric and then wonder why the guy you voted for is invading foreign countries and torturing prisoners. "Less government and fewer government regulations intruding into our lives" From the moment the modern Republican Party elected Reagan, they've never stood for anything other than bigger and more oppressive government.  (Apr 9, 2009 | post #1)

Chico, CA

Arrest made in alleged assault on county firefighter

Good grief somebody needs to see a shrink... you showed up at the fire station and tried to run a firefighter over with your car?  (Apr 8, 2009 | post #1)

Chico, CA

Letter: Money to save in fire department

Been There, (note, all quotes are paraphrased) In a conference held recently, the instructors of a class asked all the participants what their departments did best. The first firefighter mentioned that they had a great HazMat team. The second that they were great at technical rope rescue. It went on like this for quite awhile. It's important to have these technical skills in the fire department; it's part of their job. However, at one point a firefighter present answered "We provide excellent medical care". He worked for a fire department that had one of the highest cardiac arrest save rates in the country. To this, the instructors of that class immediately commented, "And that is the best service you give to the public". The fire department is a tremendous asset in EMS; their intervention saves lives. You may not find a tremendous number of firefighters who've saved a kid from his closet in a working structure fire, but you'd be hard pressed to find those who haven't worked CPR on a patient who was watching TV in his home a week later. I realize that this is primarily because of changing attitudes over time, but when I got into the fire service I wanted to be a paramedic. I'm planning to go through that program within the next couple years. It's the best thing I can do for the citizens that I work for. I signed up to save lives - and it doesn't make sense to me that I would ignore medical care which is one of our most effective interventions. By the way, thanks for your service when you did that. I wasn't even born yet, but I have great respect for men willing to risk themselves for their community.  (Mar 30, 2009 | post #292)

Chico, CA

Letter: Letter-writer's assertion ludicrous

I agree with that in principle. The catch is that we're as entitled as anybody else to voice our opinions in a place like this, and frankly with the ignorant firefighter bashing that was exemplified by Mr. Ek's letter to the ER, some of us felt the need to defend ourselves. Mr. Ek lied when he stated that no Chico firefighters have died in this town. You can argue that he didn't know, but for a journalism professor not to do his own homework is a disgrace. Nobody wants to be insulted, and people will defend themselves against ignorant civilians like Mr. Ek and some of the nitwits on this forum. Free speech goes both ways.  (Mar 30, 2009 | post #24)

Chico, CA

Letter: Letter-writer's assertion ludicrous

That's what the mask is for.  (Mar 29, 2009 | post #12)

Forest Ranch, CA

Letter: Keep Station 23 open

Of course it is. I think we should remind ourselves of the 0800 Satanic worship session, French tea and foot massage at 1130, milking the taxpayers seminar at 1400, communist manifesto study group at 1500, and wallowing in their sahme at 1700. Remember, the more ridiculous it sounds, the better an argument it is.  (Mar 28, 2009 | post #18)

Chico, CA

Letter: Money to save in fire department

Joel Castle, put a sock in it.  (Mar 28, 2009 | post #277)

Chico, CA

Letter: Money to save in fire department

Because someday the fireplace might end up being a disaster. Because someday you might have a heart attack. I realize that some people look at it and say, "I haven't called 911 yet", but odds are they will.  (Mar 27, 2009 | post #260)

Chico, CA

Letter: Money to save in fire department

I gotta give it to you Joel. The grammar is still so so, and you missed a few of the spaces, but that was readable.  (Mar 26, 2009 | post #256)

Forest Ranch, CA

Letter: Keep Station 23 open

C'mon, young ladies walking by station 23? Have you ever even been to Forest Ranch? Where are they walking to? Chester? And heck, it's not as if you can really even see station 23 from the road - there's trees and dirt blocking that view.  (Mar 26, 2009 | post #15)

Forest Ranch, CA

Supervisors cut millions from budget

If you live in Butte County, better check which stations are "browned out" every morning - best not get hurt on those days.  (Mar 26, 2009 | post #26)