Re: “Portland to assess its fire stations for possible consolidation” (Dec. 26):

Well, there you have it. Fire Chief David Jackson confirmed what everyone knew but the City Council. When faced with tough choices, city councilors will always opt for the plan that keeps them in office.

Since the school board is the training ground for higher elected government, it is easy to understand why municipal buildings are not kept up to standards. A new school is always an opportunity to name it after a revered member of their class.

So, yes, let’s delay fixing that roof, upgrading the electrical or modernizing the heating plant because traffic control boxes need an artist’s touch, special bike lanes for those who refuse to follow traffic laws need construction and social justice is the trump card. (That’s “trump” with a small “t,” so as not to offend the city’s elite.)

Richard Foley


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