The need for an Oath for the C.E.R.T folks is or was interesting. Quite frankly if properly trained emergency responders, I don't care if they were supporters of the Constitution of Canada if they were digging me out from under my house. Their service and training is greatly appreciated. How about the Boy Scout Pledge, I will do my duty to the best of my ability, wouldn't that be sufficient?
The blog administrator suggested local C.E.R.T. Training my result in participation where in the past training was done at distant fire houses, and our local GT Citizens were unable to participate with the added travel requirements. For those who say the blog folk never contribute ideas here is an example of an idea that has been acted upon and has resulted in a new group of C.E.R.T folk to but a team behind the GT EOC in support of the Fire Department.
The first group of C.E.R.T Graduates will augment the Emergency Operations Committee of Grand Terrace. Of course more folks need to be trained and need to be available for this type of service. Grand Terrace needs to be prepared for self sufficiency for at least a full week. These folks will aid in that preparedness.
After Fire Season let's hope a full class of GT Trainees will result in C.E.R.T Group 2.
Thanks all of you in the 1st GT C.E.R.T. Class.
The Oath to Protect the Constitution is important for City Council Members and persons who impact the Rights of Others Under that Constitution is important.
May, Master Sergeant Larkin return to a Grand Terrace where his Private Property Rights are Protected from encroachment by development other than Necessary Public Development such as roads, schools, and Public Utilities. May, Master Sergeant Larkin return to a Grand Terrace that has kept his family secure and safe in his absence.
For all of us with family and friends in the service and serving in high risk areas it is not the service man or woman who sets the policy or writes the orders controlling where or how they serve. Our Elected Officials shoulder that burden, and we Voters have the burden of Voting for those who will be as protective of Our Rights and Lives, as the Rights and Lives of Our Service Men and Women and their families. There is a common thread of relevance from the National and Local Small Town politic.
Master Sergeant Larkin: You are right "SO HELP US GOD"... Is appropriate in the Public and Politic. Supporting a particular church or religion is not. May God Protect you Master Sergeant Larkin, May God Protect your Family. I for one pray not another drop of blood is spilled be it yours or that of our enemy. War is something we are good at. Peace seems to be what we have a problem with may we work as hard at the establishment and nourishing of the act of Peace as we do War. This is the only way mankind can have an ever advancing and secure future.
On a lighter note: Perhaps there can be a weekly mailing to Master Sergeant Larkin or to others from Grand Terrace with thinks like... Baker's Habenaro Catsup pkts, Miller's Honey, Mrs Redds Pies, books, and other things from home town that will let them know they are not forgotten. These small care packages are shared with buddies and local populations and aid in the building of civil relations in small but measurable and lasting ways.
Master Sergeant Larkin, may Peace break out and return you to the details of traffic in Grand Terrace. May you be deported back to Grand Terrace back to your family and community. You are as with the other fine men and women in the service are our best most Precious Export. It is not easy to see our family and friends be put in harms way. Please know you are all thought of regardless where one is in the debate of the issues, our concern and support with you all as individuals goes with you.
If you want to email the community at anytime I'll post your open letters to those who will be keeping you in mind along with the other family members of our Grand Terrace Community Serving in Harms Way. You and the others all take a bit of each of us with you, may we preserve your family, home, neighborhood, town, state and country while you are away on our behalf at the calling of the National Government.
Public Comments for the most part was a review of what has not been made public or resolved. Each of the Comments will be reviewed and supported with documents and posted individually. None of the Council Members past request for information and detail have apparently been provided. Council Member Miller did ask in the past for detail on the CFBH Deal and Payments of over 3 million dollars. This is the type of think asked, and then not answered that was the issue of one of the public speakers and seemingly dismissed by Council Member Millers comment on the issue of oversight. The point was that the list of checks is not sufficient detail, and when the detail is asked for, there is no response. The specific "Deal" between the city and the CFBH has been asked for in the past, and it has always been not available for review, by Council Members or Citizens.
Council Comments: Well, as they relate to Public Comment or Agenda Items these will be evaluated or included issues by issue.
The "Gift" provided to a City Employee to do her job while another employee was on maternity leave should be reported as wages, or a bonus not a "Gift".
Welcome back Brenda, and thanks Tina we all know who does the real work of any office is the clerk and secretary of the boss.