I am honored to be in the presence of such a brave and noble group, the Granite City Firefighters Local 253.
You help our community in ways large and small, each and every day. You are counted on to rescue, recover and safeguard our property, homes, businesses and loved ones at tremendous risk regularly. The career you have chosen is one of compassion, daring and giving. It is a dangerous job that requires courage beyond what is normally expected. Firefighters are part of a brotherhood that transcends age, ethnicity and gender. You work together with the knowledge that none of us is as capable or smart as all of us.
On your slower days, you know that waiting, prepared to serve, is serving. In spite of the daunting possibilities of your next call, you are some of the kindest, most caring men and women I have ever met, doing more than your fair share of community service. You seem to be life lovers and enjoy each other, your community and the challenges of the career you have chosen. In every community there are important lessons that could be learned from the way our beloved firefighters conduct themselves on and off the job. On behalf of Madison County District 16, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have never “met a firefighter that I did not like.” You all are truly the best of us.
This message is also directed to the Long Lake Fire Protection District of Pontoon Beach and Nameoki Township, the Mitchell Fire District and the South Roxana Fire District, all of which are in Madison County District 16.
Helen M. Hawkins
County Board Member District 16
Your interview with mayoral candidate (Art) Asadorian is more of the campaign rhetoric we hear every election cycle, whether they be mayor or alderman candidates. They talk a lot but provide no details for they’ll pay for it.
Unless and until the candidates address a bloated city budget that taxes the many to reward the few, no significant changes will take place. Until a candidate provides specifics of how he or she will address the costs of rewarding city employees for their votes and that of their families, there will be no cleaner streets, no leaf and limb pickup program citywide, no permanent fixes to potholes: only patching and haphazard oil and rock filling, curbs and gutters repaired or replaced only as MFT funds allow, city employees of less than proficient skill levels and a City Council that understands the concept of governing, not just agreeing to every proposal laid on the table.
Cast your vote, taxpayers, it doesn’t matter who you vote for — (Ed) Hagnauer or Asadorian — it will be four more years of the same old, same old.