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Fight fires, not the Gems

Dear Editor:

I don’t believe this! The Basalt Fire Department, a public entity funded with my tax dollars, plans to spend up to $50,000 to fight the Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal in Basalt! My memory is imperfect, but I can’t recall the last time the fire department got involved in a political battle, and I know absolutely that I never voted for a mill levy increase to fund a budget category called “lobbying.”

I have read practically every word written about the Hidden Gems proposal, both pro and con, and nowhere have I found anything to indicate that my house in old town Basalt would be at greater risk if a wildfire threatened after Wilderness designation than it was the last couple of times there were fires up there. (The last time there was briefly an evacuation order.)

Everyone against the Wilderness proposal seems to see it as a denial of their personal rights and privileges, so naturally I wonder about the fire department and its board and what their personal interests may be. And with public budgets strained everywhere, I also wonder how come the Basalt Fire Department has such a large sum of money to use for purposes other than fighting fires.

Anna M. Naeser


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