It will be up to the Indy to dig deeper into this fire story. Why were there only 150 firefighters fighting the fire a day and a half in but over a thousand when it was almost put out? Why was the county so grossly unprepared for a fire in the Black "Forest"? Was internal advice ignored? The local tv will not do this story. For them this was just a news event. Sheriff Maketa was a hero. There were lots of silver linings and endless "how do you really feel questions?"
The Sheriff's highly charged and inaccurate ranting about guns is shocking. You'd think he'd be more interested in stopping skin heads like those who killed a pizza delivery man and the state prison commissioner from repeating their acts in the county. The photos of the 211 gang members look like they could have jumped off the pages of a gun nut magazine, the same magazine that is whooping it up for our nut case sheriff.
Instead of laying off civilians why don't they cut the Combat Aviation Brigade? That would stop wasteful construction and release the money designated for 120 new helicopters. That would save $3 billion right there.
"First do no harm"
When is this community going to push back against this constant invasion of out of town helicopters? The War in Afghanistan is supposedly "winding down" But around here all we see is more "winding up". Are these units training for China? They have a lot of high mountains. I don't remember seeing any environmental study on this.
Soon we're told to expect a huge permanent fleet of helicopters and killer drones to add into this mix. What happened to the concept of civilian airspace?
It's official. Colorado is the Pentagon's punching bag. Now it's the Marines. Who's next?
Very informative article and greatly enhanced by the blog entry map showing where CSPD units were stationed during the run up to the fire and during its course. Very troubling. Great job of reporting.
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