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Page 4 Cheney Free Press Thursday, August 19, 1982 [] [] 00ire district needs your vote On Sept. 14, residents within the boundaries of Spokane County Fire District No. 3 will be asked to vote on a special levy that will help to fund replace- ment trucks and some new fire-fighting equipment, and the Cheney Free Press is encouraging voters to check the "yes" box on the ballot. A total levy of $187,351 is being sought, but Fire District commissioners Dick Schmidt, Fred McKinley and Robert Reitmeier, Sr., are quick to note that the .assessment rate will be only $1 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation. That is, a person own- ing a $40,000 home only would pay $40. Considering the size and nature of the fire district, ;the levy does not seem that big. " . , : Ftre Dmtrtct No. 3 covers over one-third of Spokane !'.County - roughly 565 square miles or 362,000 ;square acres. This makes the district one of the ::.largest in the state. Although only nine percent of !the land is used for residential purposes and only ;lone percent is used for industrial purposes, both . , , , populahon and industry is expanding. The rest of the =district covers farmland and scablands, both of ,which also need protection from fire. The variety of fires to which the district responds includes grain, grass, timber and structure fires, as well as fires caused by hazardous materials along the many miles of roads and railroads. }: ,; The district has only three, full-time employees: ,Ch ef Dwayne Paul, Assistant Chief Jeff Bohnet and }iFire Prevention Officer Kelly Jennings. There also are ia total of 122 volunteers, working out of the 12 area ;stations and the headquarters in Cheney. 2' Two years ago, the district passed a similar levy, raising money that helped in four areas: 1) the con- struction and assembly of one new truck; 2) the purchase of the Hurst power tool for emergencies and vehicle accidents; 3) safety gear for volunteers; and 4) the purchase of 30 transmitters for volunteers. Although it is possible for the district to levy a tax every year, fire commissioners - who are elected by the public - note that District No. 3 only levies a special tax when revenues from the statutory tax are insufficient to allow for the proper equipment main- tenance and replacement. Money from the proposed levy, if approved, will help to fund a new water truck. Assistant Chief Bohnet noted that only three of five original tankers are still operable. As with the last truck purchased with special levy funding, the new truck would be built and assembled at the headquarters by the dis- trict chiefs "at a considerable savings." Special levy money also would go toward one "pumper" truck, 50 additional pager units, replace- ment of the command vehicle, volunteer training pro- grams and fire prevention work. "At this point in time, a new tanker is quite im- portant," said Chief Paul. In the event the levy does not pass, every effort will be made by the district to maintain current equipment at least at a serviceable level. The Free Press is of the opinion that Fire District No. 3 has made wise and careful use of past levy monies and would not be asking for a levy at this time if it were not desperately needed. Vote "yes" on Sept. 14. Commissioners District No. 3 Fire Commissioners, from left, are Fred McKinley, Robed Reitmeier, Sr. - ,,,.,.f .. .,.'.  . :--- .! . ,'t." 'P" ! - 5 This fire truck was built and assembled by personnel at Spokane County iNew bill 'blackmails' vets * '! Amidst the myriad of legislative papers that pass t:through the hands of Federal budgest makers, are certain "clever" proposals pushed through as the pet :projects of politicians seeking either the favor of :special interest groups or as payment for outstand- *1 jng political favors. : One such piece of lawmaking is the current Fed- i eral proposal which states that those 18-year olds who fail to register for the draft will not be allowed to i: receive any financial aid, such as student loans or i" t:iveteran s benefits for dependent children. Even :: though the measure appears destined to be buried in ii committee, the very fact that such a proposal should 'emerge as someone's clever scheme to strongarm .draft registration bears further discussion. A man registered for the draft declares himself :i ready to become a future veteran of the United .iStates military system. His draft number labels him iwilling, in the eyes of the state, to become an invol- untary member of a new minority. Why are veterans a new minority? In what amounts :to bureaucratic slight 'of hand, many, if not most of !the educationalbenefits formerly available to vet- .:erans, have been reduced with the logic that says, ;:.:"They're just like any minority group, if we give them !:! special privileges where do we draw the line?" i With the possible exception of reduced tuition for "Vietnam veterans, special privileges such as pay- ment for books and tuition and special housing, items once available to all but the most recent Viet- nam-era vets, have been eliminated, leaving only a bare-bones subsidy for education. What this infantile logic system fails to note is the fact that vets are truly the only minority created by a series of events the individual never initiates. A person's color is determined by the predilections of his ancestors, his ethnic background is determined by their geographic travels. Even his social class is often determined, initially at least, by the occupation of his family. This new "minority", no more deserving of "special treatment" than blacks, Chicanos or what have you .... are the brothers, sons and others who have, and will, pour their blood on the ground in defense of this country's sometimes mythological pursuit of liberty and justice for all...only to come home and be told that veterans are now "just like any other minority and if we give them special privileges, where do we draw the line?" Perhaps a line should be drawn now, and those young men who fail to register for the draft, those who refuse to log themselves in as potential future veterans whose actions in war may well be repaid with few rewards and honors in the forms of benefits when they return to the civilian world...perhaps these men should be allowed to decide not to buy into a system which blackmails them with their education and which has offered their recent predecessors little to indicate the sacrifice is or was worthwhile. m.p. New truck at a savings to district taxpayers. What money that was needed came last special levy two years ago. Above, from left, are part.time Prevention Officer Kelly Jennings, Assistant Chief Jeff eohnet lllllllllllllilllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll Letters Response I would like to respond to the question raised by Janet Wallace in the Aug. 12 issue. Why are people running for Commissioner of something which may not be approved anyway? Since I am running for Port District Commissioner while opposing the Port District, I am probably better qualified than most to address the question. To those who oppose the Port Dis- trict, I strongly urge you to get out and vote against it and remind you that your only opportunity will be on Sept. 14. At the same time, I would like you to vote for me as Port District Commis- sioner. I know this sounds contradic- tory, but feel this is the only way to provide some defense against a' run- away Port District. Far beter to have some input at this stage of events than to be completely closed out by political appointees. There certainly are sacrifices in- volved. Both in time and money. However, if a Port District is establish- ed and staffed exclusively by propo- nents, there will be even longer lasting and more expensive sacrifices by everyone paying property taxes. The latest estimates I,have obtained from the group pushing for a Port District is that they want about $11,700,000 to spend, and are assuming a staff cost of $350,000 per year. The Port District Manager alone is authorized a salary of over $75,000. That's to hard cam the inside track on the A Port District can thousand without ty owners who must out to $45.00 if you assessed at $50,000, says you have $100,000  ty. This is on top property taxes. That about $7,200,000 fror petty owners every continue for twelve assessed valuation it has to drop rate--with no guarantee back up the next year. If I can be in a something about restrain staff Port District more than the Olympia Report Seattle Mayor Charles Royer had a great line at a recent affair in Seattle where much was made about how Gov. John Spellman was supposed to be "missing" for a week. "How did they know?" asked Royer. Which Ed Donahoe of Washington teamster fame promptly topped by saying, "Thanks, Wes." Anyway, the govenor decided to take a week off, only he didn't want to be bugged by reporters, which is under- standable. Wherever he goes, in most cases, he is dogged by Associated Press, some- times other reporters and it must be irksome, to say the least, to have to wonder whether even your "ouch's" and "damn's" on off-duty chores are being written down. What was ridiculous, of course, was the absolute curtain drawn on any news about what he was up to -- he was fishing in eastern Washington and gardening at home in Seattle, it turned out. And it was the governor himself who gave strict orders to his press and personal staff to say absolutely nothing as to his whereabouts, not even that he was on vacation. John Spellman is a different case, however, and I don't suppose we'll ever have the kind of camaraderie with him that existed with his predecessors. Even Dixy Lee Ray was more open, even while making no secret of her dislike for us as her dog let go on our shoes. Not mine, actually, I was lucky, but others of my peers were not so lucky. Press conferences still are few and by Adelle Ferguson far between. There is a general feeling among the press, and I think among the people as well, that, what the hell, Spellman will only be around another couple of years anyway, so why sweat it. But I never forget the Kingdome. And what if John Spellman pulled another rabbit out of his hat by okaying a cross-state oil pipeliine that would generate thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue? I don't write John Spellman off yet. No way. taxes far below authorized. Why am I runnin don't want my to pay for anoth with pipe-dream Nor do I want my by another authority domain powers. Will a Port District anyway if we vote possibly, con'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'nsid er in money, and ing it. A slate of Commissioners who just might represent ance. Sincerely, Anita [Sherry] MesseX Candidate, Dist. 3 Cheney, WA Publication Policy The volume of news the Free Press receives each week for publication makes necessary an organized schedule for receiving and printing stories and photo- graphs. Generally the rule is the earlier items are received, the better the chance for publication. The Free Press requests that contributors observe the following dealines which will be strictly enforced: SPORTS, LATE BREAKING NEWS, OBITUARIES, MEETINGS OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES- Tuesday, 10 a.m. CHURCH NEWS, WEDDINGS, CLUB MEETINGS, ALL OTHER SOCIAL NEWS- Monday, noon GENERAL ADVERTISING- Monday, 5 p.m. CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING- Tuesday, noon All letters must be signed, with the writer bearing sole respon- sibility for their contents; libelous letters will not be printed POSTMASTER: Send address corrections to Cheney Free Press, P.O. 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