“Those who say, “I can’t believe everyone keeps beating up on poor ol’ Rusty Thomas,” are holding his critics to an unreasonable standard they don’t obey themselves. I’ve seen too many waiters and waitresses abused by otherwise kind people over the slightest mistakes to take seriously the notion that the local fire chief is beyond reproach. Those who disagree should never again criticize the car mechanic who does shoddy work, the house painter who chooses the wrong color, or the barber who gives a bad haircut because these people are above criticism since they are “nice people.”

Rusty Thomas is a good man, as evidenced by his stepping down from his post as fire chief. It was the right thing to do. Now it’s important for the public to continue to question our leaders and keep the pressure on to replace Thomas with another good man — but more importantly a good fire chief.”

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