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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 • Posted September 14, 2011

Rick Perry and the Texas legislature cut state funding for the volunteer fire departments for 2012-2013. Volunteer departments already facing financial strain are now facing their funding being drastically trimmed from $109.2 million to $75.4 million. (These numbers are from the budget for Texas Forest Service appropriations.) To add to this, many are predicting the drought will continue or even worsen next year. Perry is now asking the Federal Government to make up for his slash and burn approach toward the Texas Forest Service budget. I, for one, am "Fed Up" with Perry.Volunteer fire departments protect a mjority of Texans from wildfires. Paid departments are a small minority of the fire departments in Texas. Volunteers, who already put their lives on the line for us day after day, are being forced to buy their own equipment and are taking direct hits on their incomes for other fire-related expense such as gas, etc. Do you see Rick Perry or the legislature drastically cutting their salaries? Do you see them putting their lives on the line for their fellow citizens? The next time you go to vote, remember the fires. Rick Perry and the legislature when faced with the safety of Texas homes, Texas ranches and Texas businesses vs. wildfires, voted for the wildfires.

Julie Alford

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