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Predicted the failure of Measure G

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Posted: Monday, December 18, 2006 10:00 pm

There is a rumor going around Lodi concerning Measure G that paramedics are needed on all fire trucks; this is not necessarily so.

While it is true that many calls for service will need a paramedic, some won't. In my way of thinking, if they can't be used 100 percent of the time, the money spent to put paramedics on fire engines could be put to a better use. I speak from experience; Years ago I made the call to 9-1-1.

Since station No. 4 was less than a mile away from my residence, the firefighters were there in a few minutes. Less than a minute later, AMR was on scene. Since all AMR vehicles are mobile and without a permanent location, it's a 50/50 chance of who will get there first. Also stopping to think, AMR will transport a patient in need to a location of their choice, not only in Lodi.

The City of Lodi is in a greater need for more police and money in general, than for a swimming pool or a sports center. If anything, use Measure G to "bail out" the city from the debt it continues to find itself in. The plea for "something to do" has been around forever. There is already a perfectly good pool at Tokay High School and a 24 hour Fitness Center at the end of Cherokee Lane and Lockeford Street. Use the facilities athand rather than building a pool that only would be used by young adults who are interested in swimming. A pool was never the "in" place to hang out since there are rules and regulations. Looking at the intersection of Elm and School streets on Friday and Saturday nights as opposed to a pool on any night of the week, not much going on and the cost to maintain it would be staggering. I wrote this letter before the election so let's see how I did. Thinking people would have voted "No" on Measure G.

Ed Walters

Lodi

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