However I do have issues with the way the political operation that the Granite City fire departments operates under. Like so many things in Granite it is ripe with nepotism rewarding the connected. To compare it to the 9-11 issue as 3dee did is preposterous. On one hand that poster said that Granite's can't be compared to Edwardsville's or Glen Carbon's yet in the same breath compares Granite's to New York City's.
I do commend 3Dees acknowledging that "Edwardsville and Glen Carbon are rated higher than Granite City's" but strongly differ on the opinion that Granite's is more like New York City's than a bedroom community like Glen-Ed. The proposition in 3Dee's post that Granite needs its fire department to keep industry there is quite inaccurate in my mind because Granite could be a poster city regarding losing industry. One could even point to the high taxes levied against industry to run things like the nepotism packed fire department as one of the reasons they left.
It is not the fire person but rather the department that is at issue here...but as we see the usual spin rolls on.
By the way I re-read a book today "Detroit, An American Autopsy" by Charlie LeDuff that dealt with the once prosperous City of Detroit that was gutted by corruption and high taxes. In many ways it is an exact copy of what has happened in Granite City during a similar time frame.
Pretty sad all in all...but Detroit like Granite was and is just another industrial powerhouse that was brought to its knees by the usual Democrats.
What a sad situation to a town that once offered jobs to multi-generational families that has been decimated to a town full of drugs, welfare and urban decay.