In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
Now that the East Contra Costa Fire District has received a $7.8 million grant to restore some services and rehire firefighters for two years, what do you think can be done to maintain this after the grant expires?
THE MONEY (GRANT) had to come from the government, and the government is falling off the cliff with debt.
Cities are going to have to hire someone to find ways to cut expenses and raise revenue. Either we have to bring in more businesses with Highway 4 coming in or get a casino. I was reading where Sacramento is going to open two more casinos. Why not Contra Costa?
EAST CONTRA COSTA Fire District has to slim down its operations to actual firefighting.
Medical emergencies responses should be handled by medical response servers, such as ambulance personnel. They also should look to become a part of a newly created public safety department (where they jointly become police and firefighters, and police become firefighters too), as many have done.
The public is tapped out financially and the fire service has to evolve into a less costly operation. They have to contain questioned costs and even contract out
Ralph A. Hernandez
This week's question:
Have you seen or been bothered by more mosquitoes this year than in the past? Are you worried about West Nile virus, or do you take extra precautions to avoid it?
Email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published. Note: Please respond before Monday.