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In today’s current economic times and with the facts that clearly show how the men and women of our public safety agencies are too fighting to keep their jobs, it is disgusting to read the comments made by the director of the Food Bank of El Dorado County that claim that the fire department is taking from the poor by not giving the food bank a handout in waving their fees to build a fancy new facility. Perhaps the food bank should look back and see how many cans of food that the departments collect during Christmas each year with their Santa runs and food drives, and many of them volunteer their time to do this and help the homeless in their town.
There are many great charities in our county and all of them should be grateful to those that help, not insult them with such comments. Why should one charity get free fire fees when others don’t? These are fees that are used to staff our stations, maintain equipment and make it possible to respond to fires and medical aides, and most importantly save lives.