Bellows Falls voters responded to silly claims

BELLOWS FALLS — Career-staffed fire departments moving to all-volunteer firefighting forces is a “trend”? Thorough reporting would fact-check a claim like that, along with other silly claims, such as the one made elsewhere by Bellows Falls Village President Nancy McAuliffe that people are selling their homes and moving because of the $80-a-year cost per-$100,000 home to pay career firefighters.

Thankfully, she said nothing quite so silly at Village Meeting, where her plan was voted down soundly, by a 2-to-1 margin.

Nothing makes a town or village decline so fast as cutting public services.

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