Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Fire Fighter Thugs Get the Boot.
It's nice to see that some sense of rationality has finally prevailed with the Omaha City Council. Yesterday it rescinded their ordinance allowing the thugs from the fire department to spend your tax dollars on their so-called altruistic efforts to collect funds for Muscular Dystrophy while on your time clock.
When the council passed the enabling ordinance in September one of our contributors said ( Shaking The Boot On Your Time - Patrick McPherson) it was wrong and that it wasn't fair to allow one city division to collect money for charities on the time clock when others couldn't and shouldn't.
Our contributor also said at the time that the idea of allowing charities to collect on the streets was a bad one. Yesterday the council outlawed that practice as well.
The contributor also suggested the city could ill afford the time for the law department to establish policies for training and insurance for such charities and that regardless of insurance the law department would be burdened by defending law suits.
Finally, common sense prevails and the thugs get the boot rather than the taxpayer.