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Jul 5th 2012 3:29PM While I agree with the gist of this article as it never ceases to amaze me the stupid things that people believe, I have to say I find his comment of "or another group of people were too stupid to take care of themselves and needed to be enslaved", offensive & ill-informed and just outright stupid. Slavery has shown up throughout all of world history, (not just here in the USA as some people like to pretend), and I am pretty sure that was not the cause of slaves being captured and forced to work. Maybe this author should keep going in his quest for information.
Jan 9th 2012 2:25PM thanks for clearing that up! i was wondering what mechanized meant! lol
Jan 9th 2012 2:16PM i did the same thing... took mine to a state park. the campground was okay with dogs and that's all i checked out before i left. i just assumed that if the campground in the middle of the park was okay, the park was too. however, no dogs were allowed on the trails... what are you supposed to do? i can't leave my dog in the car, the campground by herself and we were miles from anywhere! always good to check! also, get a kennel cough vaccine. i never did this because my dogs are never boarded. no one told me they could contract this anywhere! now they get this shot regularly.
Dec 7th 2011 11:29AM krystina - that is exactly what this tax is. a fee imposed on the property owners for these services. what you are suggesting is what is already in place. they didn't pay their fee/taxes.
jon potter - you are right. it's their job. they are not superheroes committed to protect the earth showing up miraculously to save people and be on their way. do you expect to be paid when you do a job? or do you provide your service for free?
and to the firefighter who said they never checked to see if things were paid up - these fees are relatively new. it used to be that people paid their taxes and the departments were paid to keep going. the fees are the same as a tax and need to be paid.
Dec 7th 2011 11:19AM I bet if it was the home of a fireman or friend/family it would have been handled even if the fee had not been paid. Didn't the mob call this practice protection money?
for DAVID.... no, it's not the same. the mob made you pay money or they would intentionally harm you. therefore, if you paid, you were 'protected'. if the firemen went out and set fire to all the homes that didn't pay, then it would be the same. this is more like 'you don't pay your insurance, you don't get covered.' it's just another instance of people wanting what everybody else gets, but they don't want to pay for it.
Dec 7th 2011 10:24AM no, you missed their message. they are tired of everyone expecting something for free. it's the democrats that want to not pay their taxes, but think you should get everything for free. look at the 'occupy' movements. they are the ones that think they should be handed everything. that's the way america is heading with obama in charge.
Dec 7th 2011 10:21AM really? they are all just scumbags? i bet you don't put your life on the line to help people. i bet you sing to a different tune if you ever need their services.
Dec 7th 2011 10:00AM pam - in our city, everyone pays the fee. doesn't matter if you live in town or on the outskirts. the extra fee pays for everyone. a lot of people refuse to pay the fee because they feel their taxes should cover it. well, the taxes don't, so what other alternative is there? shut down the fire department? someone has to pay for the department to stay open. some people just feel it should be someone else that pays. not them. while it's sad that this happens, fees and facing consequences are part of life.
Dec 7th 2011 9:57AM the problem with fighting the fire first and then billing for the $75 is that then everybody decides not to pay it unless they actually use the service. if this becomes the case, you would start getting billed for the actual cost of fighting the fire. how many of you want to do that. it may seem inhumane to do what they did, but this is their job. it cost a lot to run a fire department. it's not a matter of compassion. it's a matter of having no money to run the department.
Dec 7th 2011 9:53AM how about the fact that we worked hard to get where we are and everybody else wants something for nothing. how did that become america? the new motto is 'if you have it, i should get it for free'.