Would you also agree that every enlisted soldier and officer is over paid since we do not have to send them all to war on a regular basis? Do you believe their staffing tables should go down as well?
Then if you want a strong military, why do you want to weaken the protection of the safety of your community?
As for what has declined or what remains in Granite City, I do not know that it has been just total decline. There are a variety of developments in the Port District as well as those along Missouri Avenue and those around the mill as well.
What do you think the response of some of those factory owners would be if they found out that there were massive cuts in fire service?
Do you even know the history of some of the major fires in Granite City? Are you aware of what truly is within the City? Would you want a force incapable of responding, or one with a delayed response time?
You are using the reasoning behind what it takes to protect a bedroom community and applying it to an industrial city.
I am not a constituient of Ed Hagnauer nor protected by the GCFD. Beyond that, I don't owe you an explanation...
Ergo, the burden of proof and the need for explanation rests with you, to prove that you know what you are talking about. So far, you have proven the opposite.
All you are doing is denigrating local responders who put it all on the line to keep the community safe. Somehow, you manage to have a disdain for them.