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Firefighters to be commended

January 30, 2014

To the editor: Recently, I had the pleasure of spending the day with Cape Coral firefighters and although I already had a deep respect for the profession, the day had a profound and unexpected......

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Feb-02-14 8:40 PM

From an ex-veteran and firefighter point of view and life long taxpayer, I'm disappointed we're taking one more step into the economic divide toward a cast system in America. I resent using firefighters as the bludgeon to drive tax increases. We all know educators and firefighters are first to be cut in economic downturn. We always have to stabilize corporate America. They’re the job creators right? Wrong! The working class equity/spending is. Pay attention here: the reason we have economic downturns is less spending.

Our sweat equity is there for the taking to. Why? Money buys the rule makers. Our voting is meaningless. Money in the general fund freed up to pay for large corporate handouts and accommodations, like Target, Hertz, Lowes, T-Rowe Price, Publix, Gartner, and the Red Sox. Google it at in-florida-incentives-only-the-beginning-for-favored-companies. Don’t think for one minute this is for jobs or services. It’s loading the campaign finance cannon with out tax dollars.

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Feb-01-14 9:21 AM

So, Honorary Probationary Cape Coral Firefighter Mazurkiewicz, if we just create a few more jobs, raise a few more tax dollars and buy new equipment, the CCFD will capable of miracles! Perhaps they could re-direct the polar vortex or get that website to work…Mark Twain said "It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”

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Jan-31-14 3:48 PM

"For those who feel this fee will increase your taxes, you are simply incorrect. In almost all cases there will be a corresponding decrease in ad valorem which will offset the fire assessment fee."

This statement is false. Whether you agree with the fire assessment or not, it is not a one for one as far a tax reduction goes. Furthermore, it is slated to go up as a percentage in the near future.

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