I was very discouraged when reading the article (Daily News, July 11) in regard to the mutual aid pact.
There are a lot of people that volunteer their time and dedication to emergency services. They are dedicated to saving lives and homes of people in Latah County as well as the surrounding areas and would never allow someone to be in danger because of this pact.
Shouldn't we be thinking about the assistance, caring and consideration for others instead of whether or not we agree that they will have a mall coming in to that area. (Of course we could probably have the proposed mall if it were not for the Moscow City Council deterring it from coming here.)
The focus on personal issues seems to be blinding the council from seeing what the pact is really about. Maybe if the blinders came off and the focus was on what would be good for the surrounding areas and not just what may or may not happen if our volunteers were to assist in an emergency situation. I think that you, as the city representatives, need to focus on being team players and good neighbors. Isn’t that what the pact is all about?
What would you tell those families from our county that may lose someone due to a fire emergency that we could have assisted with and possibly saved that life? What would you do if it were your family member that may have been saved?
Please do not allow your personal feelings about the mall come in to play when working with this pact. There are many people from the Latah County area working in the Whitman County area. I guess I am not clear on how you could hold up something that may save someone you love and care about.
Peggy Benson, Moscow
Not everyone in Moscow is deaf, dumb, and blind. As we see here this Moscow resident has quickly picked on on the fact that Moscow City Council is balking at the mutual aid agreement because of their personal issues over the Hawkins development in Whitman County.