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How About Hiring Women In Culver Fire Department?


September 8, 2016

In November vote for our firefighters, our paramedics and our police and against the power-grabbing politicians who just want their $250,000 salaries and $200,000 pensions.

It seems as though in every area of the human experience ladies are making headway. More and more jobs are becoming available and the salary gap is narrowing. Why, even the U.S. Navy SEALS will have females next year. So why is it that in the Culver City fire house in the past 100 years no progress has been made? That’s right, not even one. While departments all over our great nation are moving ahead, we are not. If the Culver City Council truly believed in equality, why not divide the classifications – one for firefighters and one for paramedics, with realistic standards for employment and promotion?

Have you read recently about Rachel Garrison from Tampa, Florida? Her achievement this year could easily be the greatest victory for co-ed school sports in the United States. Rachel is a 13-year-old who, with no experience whatsoever, decided to try out for the wrestling team in the 115-122-pound weight class at Corbett Preparatory School. She worked hard and when the championship took, place Garrison beat all the boys!!! Is it any wonder she is a member of the school’s volleyball team, cheerleading squad, recently took up track and just might try out for softball when the new season starts? A truly remarkable person and a first place “gold medal” winner.

The Navy Times reported as of August 1, 2016 our sailors were stationed in or near 22 countries around the world. The carriers: Carl Vinson – off the San Diego coast; the John Stennis in Hawaii; The Ronald Reagan in Japan; Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Persian Gulf; the Abraham Lincoln, the George H. W. Bush and the George Washington were all in Virginia and the Chester Nimitz was near Seattle.

Earlier this year we were hit with several credit card charges that neither Theo nor I could explain. We called the bank fraud department and they removed the questionable charges. We asked for and received the address of the phony Culver City establishment, drove to Washington Blvd. and, much to our dismay, it was a place we were never in to purchase a product we never use. We made an appointment to speak to Culver City Police Officer Yabko who proceeded to fill out the paperwork and answer numerous questions. Within 72 hours a detective called and filled us in on procedure and policy. Thanks, Chief Bixby, for putting in place your high standards for new law enforcement persons and hiring Officer Yabko.

For those who read the Wednesday, July 27, 2016 online edition of Nature, I bet you were as surprised as I. German scientists found bacteria in the nose were producing an antibiotic powerful enough to kill dangerous skin infections in about ten percent of the patients.

Are you a firefighter and want a change? You need to put in an employment application for Alaska where they hired almost 1,800 since 2001 and job vacancies continue to open.

Can you believe police will test all sexual assault kits that come into their custody, as well as 1,700 kits dating back decades untested for DNA analysis? So reports the Arizona Republic from Phoenix.

Charleston, South Carolina will be reviewing the treatment of carriage horses and mules after receiving dozens of complaints about the animals working in heat this summer. The animals are pulled from the street when the temperature reaches 98 degrees or when the heat index reaches 125 degrees.

Will someone please call the office of the City Attorney of Culver City and tell them the court ruled that no longer can people be banned from sleeping in their vehicles on city streets or in parking lots?

USA Today reports there are 18,000 police agencies in the United States and they have 800,000 officers. They average 12 to 14 officers.

An article in the Brunswick, Georgia News has convinced me to leave a little bit early and watch the speed limit. In a report by Camden County Probate Judge “Bo” Sweatt it was said that driving without a license is a $750 fine; driving over 85 mph is an additional $200; and Georgia’s move over law that “forces” slower vehicles to move over to allow a faster motorist to get by is a success.

The police in Saint Louis are asking kids for facts, nothing but the facts, as they take their new vehicle into neighborhoods. “The facts, do you want one scoop or do you want two scoops?” is asked from a truck retrofitted to look like an ice cream truck. “Operation Polar Cops” is a unique way to reach young citizens to show police as positive role models as frozen treats are handed out.

The next time your stomach is upset, consider reaching for something natural. Ginger can be eaten or used topically to deal with stomach discomfort, reduce inflammation and even lower pain from arthritis.

In Collier County, Florida, cancer is the leading cause of death responsible for nearly twenty-six percent of all deaths, per Naples News.

“Can I please borrow your cell phone so I can call lost and found?” A police officer’s car was stolen along with his gun, taser and police credentials outside of his home in New Orleans.

It just seems like yesterday, but it was in 1965 some 51 years ago that President Johnson signed the bill creating Medicare.

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