Tired Of Backhanded Compliments



I never cease to be impressed with the capacity of this newspaper and some of its reporters to exemplify the concept of damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t.

In an off-hand manner you pat the firefighters on the head and say what a good job they did, but you can’t wait to get the dig in, that endless statement of “a century of mismanagement” as a backhand compliment, a constant attack on the integrity of the men and women who risk their lives to protect their neighbors in the Rim Country, their homes and their communities.

I wondered where was the whining about a century of fire suppression that has caused all these problems — oh wait, these stories were about how very good they were at doing fire suppression.

So I wondered instead, what would they suggest as an alternative to fire suppression? Because without the Forest Service engines and their crews, the stories would have been about how many people had been trapped by a raging fire at area campgrounds and taking naps in their houses, about how many homes and communities had been destroyed.

Did you ever stop to think that we’ve had fire suppression for so long simply because we have all these communities where fires are naturally so common?

Personally, I’m tired of the constant and baseless invective you spout and I’m very glad these men and women are willing to risk their lives to protect us and the lands around us.

Denise Ryan


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