After 74 years, the Bedford Lifesaving Crew has dissolved itself.
On Monday night, representatives of the crew presented a resolution to the supervisors, which the supervisors unanimously accepted, turning over all of crew’s property and equipment to the county.
Although the Big Island Volunteer Fire Department has been around since 1951, its awards banquet is a relatively recent event.
The department has only been holding it for a few years. It grew out of a much older event, the ladies appreciation night. This was an event to thank wives for letting their husbands get out of bed at 3 a.m. to go put out a fire.
“I’ll be back in a little bit and it’s eight hours later,” commented Deputy Chief Clint Dudley.
Call them the other Irish—the invisible Irish, the Scots-Irish. They’re more associated with corn, coal, and moonshine than green beer. They’re the offspring of Scots whom King James transplanted to northern Ireland at the same time he was colonizing Jamestown in Virginia and producing the King James Version of the Bible in the early 1600s.
When the Affordable Care Act was first passed, most conservatives acted as though Karl Marx had risen from the grave, seized power in Washington, D.C., and locked us all in communist chains.
The kindest thing they said about it was that it was “government-run,” health care, which it certainly was not. But they always trot out that mindless phrase any time insurance companies lose the slightest ability to control whether you and I receive affordable care.