Decision will hurt Rhome residents

By T.P. Mallory | Published Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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On Thursday, Sept. 13, the mighty city council voted to do away with the paid first responder position in the city of Rhome. This decision affects not only our city but our entire community.

I know a lot of people are not aware of what goes on in the city, but let me advise you that this decision is really going to hurt the city.

One, no business will be interested in coming to Rhome without a paid responder because of insurance cost on them.

Two, the county is growing in leaps and bounds, and there are times that the county does not have an ambulance within a five- to 10-minute window to get anyone in the community who needs help. That can be the difference between life and death.

Three, now that there will be no paid responder in our city/community, the city will be left unprotected during the day because the person who held that position will now have to go outside the city for a job, and the other members of the fire department also work outside the city.

So once again the city council of Rhome has really not considered the consequences of their actions. I feel as if some of the city council do not want the city to grow or to come into the 21st century.

I feel like the personal agendas of some of the council are getting in the way of what is best for our town. Personal agendas, personal grudges have no place in city politics. What needs to be considered is what is best for the city – but until more citizens start to care about the town they live in, it will remain the same because the same council members will be re-elected, and that is a tragedy within itself.

I advise all citizens of Rhome to take an interest in what this council is doing – who is doing what to try to help the city grow and who is trying to gain their personal agendas at the cost of our safety.

So, citizens of Rhome, I pray that none of us pay for the actions of some of the council members. When you call 911 and no one comes for at least 10 minutes or longer and you’re watching your house burn or a loved one slip away due to no immediate medical help, you can call your local city council members and thank them – especially the ones with their own personal agendas who left this city unprotected.

A very concerned citizen,

T.P. Mallory

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